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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Students Compete at Envirothon

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

West Hill Secondary sends team to Paris area to take part in provincial competition.

A team of West Hill students are off to the provincial Envirothon competition in St. George's, Ontario.

Grade 12 student David Beisel says this year they will focus on the issues of salt and fresh water estuaries.

Beisel says they've been competing in different regional competitions and constantly learning about environmental issues.

He says the team works together to come up with answers to questions the judges will ask, and they have to prepare an oral presentation.

Beisel says they have four teams competing from each grade at the high school.

He says their teacher, Carl Raynard, has been keeping them on track and been a great resource as he's been involved with Envirothon for a number of years.

This will be Beisel's third year going to provincials, and he has high hopes.

He says the first year his team finished fourth, and last year they finished second.

Beisel is hoping for the chance to advance to the international competition because he says it would be important to meet people who have a similar interest in the environment.

He says he's noticing it's become an increasingly important issue to teens his age.

The West Hill team left Wednesday and the competition wraps up on Saturday, May 7th.


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