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North High School Wins 2008 Missouri Envirothon

First place winners of the Missouri state Envirothon, North High students, pose with their award.  From left to right, Jenny Bower, Kathleen Beilsmith, Rebecca Frankenberger, Amal Al Lozi and Jon Lee

They say the third time is a charm, but in North High's case, it has been charmed from the start.  North High School won the state Envirothon competition for the third straight year.

The Envirothon consists of students competing at five outdoor testing stations -- aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and the 2008 current conservation issue, recreational impacts on natural resources.  Test stations require the five-student teams to answer a variety of both hands-on and written natural resource questions.  Each team also gives an oral presentation to a panel of judges.
Winning this competition three times in a row is no easy feat.  As team members from North can attest, it requires a lot of dedication.  "We meet every Monday after school, and we attend lectures at Washington University when we can," said Amal Al Lozi, a member of the winning team.  "I also study at home a lot."
"As a group, we'll go to parks and identify trees and things," said team member Kathleen Beilsmith.  "Our coach has a lot to do with our success though, too."
North High coach Russell Barton has sponsored the team for the past five years.
The team will go on to compete at the 2008 Canon Envirothon in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Envirothon is North America's largest high school natural resources competition, with more than 40 states and seven Canadian provinces competing at the national level.