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Gatton Academy team 2nd in state Envirothon Competition

For the second year in a row, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science earned second place in the Kentucky State Envirothon Competition, scoring the highest overall on both the Wildlife and Aquatics exams. Forty-two teams from across the Commonwealth participated in the esteemed competition.

The Gatton Academy team (from left) of Laney Brager, Brigid Walters, Caleb Stickney, Malia Latimer and Emma Saarinen finished second in the Kentucky State Envirothon Competition.

From left: The Gatton Academy team of Laney Brager, Brigid Walters, Caleb Stickney, Malia Latimer and Emma Saarinen finished second in the Kentucky State Envirothon Competition.

Members of The Gatton Academy’s team include:

  • Laney Brager (’16) from Hawesville and Hancock County High School
  • Malia Latimer (’16) from Louisville and Louisville Male High School
  • Emma Saarinen (’16) from Shelbyville and Shelby County High School
  • Caleb Stickney (’17) from Irvine and Estill County High School
  • Brigid Walters (’16) from Munfordville and Hart County High School

“Placing second in the state is a wonderful recognition for this group of students who care deeply about Earth science and our natural world,” said Derick B. Strode, Assistant Director of Academic Services at The Gatton Academy. “The team trained weekly throughout the school year, studying issues that are of great importance to farmers and environmentalists in Kentucky.”

The Envirothon Competitions is a nationwide competition for high school students who have a passion for natural sciences, resources and the environment. It consists of extensive tests on soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and a current issue.  This year’s current issue was invasive species. In addition to the tests, competitors prepare and present a 10-minute oral presentation over the current issue. All five members of the team compete as one while moving from station to station where they complete hands-on experiments and use analysis and critical thinking skills.

“The Warren County Conservation District would like to congratulate The Gatton Academy’s team for their hard work and dedication to the competition,” said Penny Warwick, Conservation Technician with the Warren County Conservation District, who assisted in coaching the team throughout the year.

For information, contact The Gatton Academy at (270) 745-2971 or the Warren County Conservation District at (270) 843-1111 ext. 121.

Contact: Zack Ryle, (270) 745-2971

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