One Hopkins Envirothon team won first place at the state competition in Elk River. Sarah Hoffman, Emma Kurus, Manav Mirpuri, Elizabeth Sirianni and Renee Troutman will compete at the international competition in July.
Hopkins has won the state competition four times in the last five years. Two other Hopkins teams also participated at the state level taking home second place and fifth place honors. It was the first year that Hopkins had three teams qualify for the state competition.
The winning Hopkins team will compete for a $15,000 prize at the international competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh from July 29 through August 2.
John Sammler, Hopkins teacher and advisor of the Envirothon teams, said the Hopkins teams have supported each other through competitions and helped push each other to learn and do more.
“The students have just put in a ton of hard work and the results speak for themselves,” Sammler said. “The best thing about this competition is it fosters teamwork and they have become like family.”
Envirothon is an environmental education competition for high school students in grades 9-12. Teams visit six different learning stations covering aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic that changes every year. Students are also required to give a brief oral presentation to a panel of judges based on that year’s environmental topic.