News Release: Thursday February 8, 2018

Sidney High School Takes Top Honors at Western Region Envirothon Contest

Gordon Nebraska – A team from Sidney High School will represent the Panhandle for the Nebraska
Envirothon Contest at Niobrara State Park Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The first place team was Sidney
High School Team 1 who edged out their competition by just one half of a point.  Jack Johnson, Kade
Price, Mattea Scheuerman, Brodie Sutton and Lauren Uhlir earned the state berth with a score of 125
on Wednesday, February 7 at the contest held in Gordon. 44 students competed in the regional contest
from six schools including Sidney, Chadron, Creek Valley, Banner County, Crawford and Leyton.On the way to the Western Region title, the top overall placing Sidney team posted the highest topics
scores in Aquatics, Forestry, Policy and Wildlife. Second place overall in the Western Region was
clenched by Sidney Team 2 competitors and Creek Valley took the third place honors.The Envirothon is open to all 9-12th grade students and encourages high school students to learn more
about the natural environment. The contest challenges students’ knowledge on aquatics, forestry,
wildlife, range, soils, land use and natural resource policy or issues and one special topic of national
interest. Up to five-member teams compete in a setting where they learn that cooperation is needed to
achieve success.
Each year, 7 regional Envirothon contests are coordinated across Nebraska by Nebraska’s Natural
Resources Districts. The Western Region contest is hosted by the Upper Niobrara White NRD with
assistance from partners. Historically, the Gordon contest is held at Gordon City Hall in conjunction
with the District 12 Future Farmers of America (FFA) agriculture contest.Sidney (Team 1)The winning team from each of 6 regions is invited to represent their region at the Nebraska State
Envirothon Competition. An additional eight wildcard teams with the highest scores are also invited.
The state champion then goes on to represent Nebraska at the National Envirothon contest which will
be in Pocatello Idaho July 22 through July 25, 2018. Members of the top ten teams from that event
will be awarded National Scholarships that can be used toward a four year university, two year college
or trade school.
Picture 1Overall Team Champion Sidney (Team 1)Sidney High School won the Western Region Envirothon title to qualify for the Nebraska State Envirothon Competition
April 25 at Niobrara State Park. These students posted the highest scores on tests in Forestry, Policy and Wildlife.  
Left to Right: Jack Johnson, Kade Price, Mattea Scheuerman, Brodie Sutton and Lauren Uhlir.
Picture 2High Score on Range Test Chadron (Team 1)Left to Right: Krysta Dawson, Jadyn Cady, Taya Leija, Alyeea Lopez and Tate Ryan together scored highest on the Range test during Chadron (Team 1)West Regional Envirothon Contest.

Author: 
Mr. Mack