Students Compete at Kansas State ECO-Meet Competition
PRATT – The 18th Annual Kansas State ECO-Meet finals competition on Nov. 3 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Camp Aldrich was an exciting and hard-fought contest. Twenty-nine scholastic teams vied for top honors at the quiz bowl-type competition designed to test students’ knowledge of Kansas’ plants and animals. Here are the results:
- 1st ($300/student scholarship) – Wilson High School, Team A. Members: Anna Criswell, Aaron Dlabal, Trey Fink, Kyle Goldwater and team coach, Melanie Falcon.
- 2nd ($200/student scholarship) – Shawnee Mission South High School, Team A. Members: Marc Almloff, Madison Goerz, Megan Jenkins, Steffen Seamon and team coach, PJ Born.
- 3rd ($100/student scholarship) – Goddard High School, Team Blue. Members: Cameron Boyd, Sarah Tomtschik, Clara Towey and team coach, Marylee Ramsey.
- 4th – Wilson High School, Team B. Members: Ethan Dlabal, Lilly Duncan, Alex Moody, Brandalyn Thyfault and team coach, Melanie Falcon.
- 5th – Dodge City High School, Team C. Members: Lucresia Bradfield, Cheyenne Lorenzo, Alicia Trejo, Cassie Wells and team coach, Jeff Calhoun.
- 1st – Aaron Dlabal, Wilson High School ($200 scholarship)
- 2nd – Madison Goerz, Shawnee Mission South High School ($100 scholarship)
- 3rd – Sarah Tomtschik, Goddard High School
- 4th – Colton Farra, Dodge City High School
- 5th – Jose Monarrez, Tonganoxie High School
Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem
- 1st – Madison Goerz, Shawnee Mission South High School ($200 scholarship)
- 2nd – Aaron Dlabal, Wilson High School ($100 scholarship)
- 3rd – Colton Farra, Dodge City High School
- 4th – Max Ramsey, Shawnee Mission South High School
- 5th – Sarah Tomtschik, Goddard High School
A total of 107 students from 21 high schools and one middle school competed at the annual quiz bowl-type event, in addition to nine students who qualified as individuals from four other schools in the two test events.
Ten regional qualifying competitions were held in Junction City, Salina, Hutchinson, Wilson Lake, Hays, Wichita, Garden City, Lawrence, Greenbush and Olathe in late September and October to determine who would compete at state.
ECO-Meet sponsors include the Kansas Wildscape Foundation, Kansas Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Manweiler Chevrolet and Superior/Essex of Hoisington, City of Great Bend, Barton Community College, H & B Communications of Holyrood, Nex-Tech Wireless of Hays and Lenora, Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms, Friends of Milford Nature Center, Kansas Wildlife Federation, Kansas Ornithological Society, Blue Hill Gamebirds of Tipton, Mid America Awards of Salina, Goodwin Sporting Goods of Hays, the Chickadee Checkoff Program and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Wildlife Education Section
Additional assistance in conducting the event was provided by K-State Research and Extension, Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Lakewood Discovery Center, Great Plains Nature Center, Nature Conservancy of Kansas, Lee Richardson Zoo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Americorps, KDWPT staff and many individuals.