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Students say thanks
From the whole Envirothon team, we would like to thank all of our sponsors that allowed us to compete amongst 48 other teams in the National Envirothon Competition in Amherst, Mass. Without your support we wouldn't have had such an incredible experience.

The competition was conducted at Hampshire College in Amherst, a community comparable in size to Homer. The weather was quite a shock to us, over 95 degrees everyday! We went through several rigorous learning days and then a day full of written tests along with two full days of presentation work. The five different natural resource issues that we had to compete were forestry, soils, wildlife, invasive species and aquatics. We excelled most in the presentation section of the competition, where all of the different issues were combined for a synthesis solution to an environmental problem in the region.

All in all, the competition was very much to our benefit. It will give us experiences we will never forget and an outstanding education on the environment and how it works. Special thanks to the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District for their never-ending support and sponsorship of our team, we couldn't have done it without you. We thank you all and are greatly indebted to you for your immense support of our cause.

The Alaska Envirothon Team, Jennifer Poindexter, captain, Cameron Poindexter, Brad Hayes, Lily Lane, Chad McKinney, Al Poindexter, Lindsay Winkler, advisers