Sherwood Forest Students Place Third in DEQ Envirothon
(Front): Caleb Moore, Angel Nguyen, Abby Debenport
(Back) Mehran (Max) Bhuiyan, Mitchell Bellan, Sara Moore, & Peter Franz.
April 16, 2016 —Baton Rouge, LA - This weekend a team of 5 students, including Angel Nguyen, Abby Debenport, Max Bhuiyan, Mitchell Bellan, and Peter Franz, from Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School competed in the 2016 DEQ Envirothon hosted at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. The Louisiana Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6-12. Teams train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2016 current environmental issue is Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy And Society. Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue in an oral presentation.
The Sherwood team was originally selected to be sponsored from a pre-event, Engineer IT 2015, sponsored by LA-WIT and STEMup BR. The team was then mentored by Sara Moore, an environmental engineer from CK-Associates, and Kristen Reeves, Executive Director of LA-WIT. The Sherwood Middle team placed third in the Envirothon, and was the first middle school team to ever place in the competition. Louisiana High School for Math and Science placed second, and Baton Rouge Magnet High placed first.
Congratulations to all of the students! And thank you to the Sherwood mentors and teacher, Mrs. Self. This was a great event put on by the DEQ, LSU, and their sponsors.