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Tescott Students Compete at EcoMeet

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On Thursday, September 27, students from Tescott High School competed in the 18thannual regional EcoMeet at Salina’s Indian Rock Park. EcoMeet is a scholarship competition for students interested in wildlife biology in Kansas.  Students compete in four areas.  Teams are tested over their general knowledge of a Kansas ecosystem (woodlands this year) and knowledge of a specific group of wildlife (reptiles and amphibians this year).  Teams then compete in a scavenger hunt to test their ability to locate and identify native plants and animals.  Finally, teams perform an interpretive skit to demonstrate their ability to communicate information to an audience.  Thirteen teams from an eight county area participated at this year’s regional competing in both team and individual competition. The THS team of D. Ehlers, Z. Perry, B. Peterson, and R. Peterson placed first overall and won $400 in scholarships. The THS team of K. Farney, K. Flax, A. Hunley, and A. Wheeler placed second overall and won $300 in scholarships. Both Tescott teams qualified to compete at the State EcoMeet to be held at Rock Springs in Junction City on Thursday, November 1. In the individual competition, R. Peterson took first place in the woodlands test earning $75 in scholarship while K. Flax took second place earning $50 in scholarship.  In the reptiles and amphibians test, K. Flax took second place earning $50 in scholarship, while B. Peterson took third place. The THS team of M. Luder, G. Mendoza, J. Milleson, and K. Presnell placed 7th, but did not qualify for State competition.