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Area youth compete in Envirothon

The Northome Envirothon Team, from left to right, top row, Jim Schneider (Coach), Carrie Carrigan, Tanyssa Olafson, Justine Frenzel, Caleb Schneider, Tristan Williams; (front): Brandon Schmid. SUBMITTED PHOTO

BEMIDJI - Students from Northome School participated May 2 in the area VIII Envirothon at Lake Bemidji State Park.

Northome science teacher Jim Schneider coached this first-time Koochiching County team to a second-place win.

Each year, soil and water conservation districts from Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and Wadena counties work together to host the Area VIII Envirothon, an outdoor learning event for high school students in grades 9-12.

This year officials welcomed sixth- through eighth-graders to compete alongside the older students in the area's first Junior Envirothon.