Hopkins Envirothon teams sweep State Championship

Five students stand in classroom and pose for photo wearing masks.

Hopkins sent three teams to the virtual State Envirothon Championship this year and Hopkins took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place titles.

The Envirothon advisor John Sammler said the students who were involved on this year’s team worked really hard and their dedication to learning and competing showed in the results of the competition.

“All this work and commitment to learn is even more commendable considering it was done virtually and during a pandemic,” Sammler said.

Envirothon is the longest running environmental science competition that runs in the U.S., Canada, and China. Each state/province runs a competition where teams of 5 students from schools compete. Teams take five knowledge tests and do an oral presentation where they present a solution to a local or state environmental problem. The five areas of knowledge include aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife, and current events.

The first place team will represent the state of Minnesota at the National Envirothon competition on July 25-28. They will compete against winning teams from other states, Canadian provinces, and teams from some regions in China.

Results from the State Championship are as follows:

First Place (140 out of 155): Sophie Christenson, Felix Fettig, Freddy Esters, Emily Jono, Grace Weil
Second Place (134.67 out of 155): Violet Johnson, Ellie Holicky, Jasmine Le, Tatum Johnson, Amital Shaver
Third Place (133.67 out of 155): Emma Coen-Pesch, Andrew Price, Andrew Segal, Elizabeth Norman, Peter Eklund