Pender High School Team 2 Finishes First at  

The Northeast Nebraska Regional Envirothon


The Envirothon program is for 9th-12th grade students designed to promote awareness about our natural environment. Students compete in a contest that tests their knowledge on a wide array of subjects relating to natural resources and the environment.  Six Regional Envirothon competitions are held across Nebraska in the early spring.  The winning five-member team from each regional competition is then invited to represent their region at the Nebraska State Envirothon Competition with additional wildcard teams invited based on their regional competition scores. 


March 1, the Northeast Nebraska Regional Envirothon was held at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk.  Twenty-eight teams from 23 different schools across northeast and north central Nebraska participated in the regional Envirothon contest and were tested in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Policy, Range, Soils, Wildlife and a Special Topic for a chance to attend the State Envirothon Competition scheduled for April 26th at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area near Gering, NE.      


This year’s winning team was from Pender High School and consisted of Branden Peters, James Bensen, Dylan Roth, Kelcie Bartlett and Brady Oliver.  The Upper Elkhorn NRD has also received word that Burwell High School scored high enough to receive Wild Card invitation to the state competition.  Station certificates were presented to:  Plainview High School in Special Topics; Allen High School and Burwell High School in Wildlife; Plainview High School in Policy; West Holt High School in Forestry; Burwell High School in Range; Pender High School Team 2 in Soils; and, Pender High School Team 2 and Keya Paha High School in Aquatics.  Schools participating in this year’s competition included; Logan View, North Bend, Pender, Blair, West Point, Wisner-Pilger, Allen, Crofton, Creighton, Pierce, Plainview, Verdigre, Elgin, Stuart, Ainsworth, Valentine, Rock County, Burwell, Clearwater-Orchard, West Boyd, Keya Paha and West Holt.  The regional Envirothon contest is sponsored by the Upper Elkhorn NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD and Agriculture Education Contest at Northeast Community College.