One of Smith-Cotton’s High School’s Envirothon teams took second place at the recent Central Region competition and now is headed to the state finals.
Science teachers Mona McCormack and Jennifer Woolery coach the two Envirothon teams, S-C Black and S-C Gold. The Central Region competition was hosted April 13 at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City. At that event, the teams were tested in five areas.
S-C Black placed first in invasive species and oral presentation. They also placed second in soils and aquatics, third in forestry and fourth in wildlife. S-C Black, which includes Bailey Curry, Carlton Homan, Mariya Slipych, Katelynn Montgomery and Mason Johnson, placed second overall, missing out on the first place spot by less than one percentage point.
The top three teams at regionals advance to state, which will be hosted Thursday. Smith-Cotton has taken at least one team to state every year since 2010. As S-C advances to the state competition, the team members are more determined than ever.
“If we place first at state we get to go to Ontario, Canada in July to represent Missouri,” McCormack said. “We have a really strong team and they are determined to win state.”
Curry, a senior, said that behind those big wins is a lot of research and studying.
“All we can do to prep for state is to study hard and research as much as possible,” she said. “We have to study harder on our current issue of invasive species and go more in depth because we get tested on it.”
Homan, also a senior, joined the Envirothon team this year and said for his first year on the team it is very exciting.
“We all bring something to the table, so if someone is not strong in one area, someone can help,” he said. “I think we are very well-rounded.”
McCormack and Woolery said they are very proud of both teams and expect to do well at state.
Eli Kemp is a student at Smith-Cotton High School.