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State Envirothon champs visit U-M.


ANN ARBOR---Members of Sault Ste. Marie High School's award-winning 
Envirothon team visited the University of Michigan last month.

As ruling Michigan Envirothon state champions, the five-member team toured 
the University's wind tunnel, its School of Natural Resources and 
Environment, the Nichols Arboretum, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and the 
virtual reality laboratory of Klaus-Peter Beier, professor of naval 
architecture and marine engineering.

The team also toured the Ann Arbor facilities of the U.S. Geological Survey 
and ERIM International, a leader in developing an understanding of 
environmental phenomena through ongoing remote sensing data analysis, 
algorithm development, and measurement and modeling programs.

The Sault Ste. Marie students, concerned about the dumping of pet waste, 
motor oil and antifreeze into the St. Mary's River, designed a program to 
alert their community to the negative environmental results of such action. 
 They designed and distributed brochures and stenciled drains "Dump No 
Waste."  While meeting some resistance from the community, the team was not 
deterred in its efforts to raise community awareness of the harm these 
practices bring to the environment.

The Michigan Envirothon is sponsored by the Michigan Association of 
Conservation Districts as part of a national program "to promote a desire 
to learn more about the natural environment and develop knowledge and 
skills to apply the basic principles and practices of resource management 
and ecology."  In addition to the U-M visit, the state winners will compete 
in the national Envirothon.

The program also strives to promote "stewardship of natural resources and 
develop critical thinking skills, cooperative problem-solving skills, and 
decision making skills of students to balance the quality of life and the 
quality of the environment."

The areas of study student teams could choose from included wildlife, soil, 
forestry and aquatics.

The team members from Sault Ste. Marie High School are:  Megan King, 817 
Kimbell; Jennifer Hoornstra, 2216 W. 14th St.; Ben Myron, 1100 Parnell 
Ave.; Kevin Wozniak, 4439 S. Shank; Jereld Sawyer, 2154 Mapleport Dr.


[For further information contact Joanne Nesbit, (734) 647-4418, 
mjnesbit@umich.edu]


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