Teams from several Western Kentucky high schools competed for the right to represent this half of the state against Eastern Kentucky’s champion. The teams were culled from Future Farmers of America, the 4-H Club, and school science clubs.
They were tasked with several ecological studies and tests in a range of subjects including forestry, aquatics, wildlife, current issues, and soil studies.
Cora Mitchell, of the Trigg County conservation district was excited about the event, and said “Trigg County has never hosted this event before.”
Trigg County High School was not represented in this event. Agricultural Studies Department Head Jodie P’Poole explained, “There are a lot of Ag contests available, and we have to pick-and-choose which we want to attend.”
Connie Grey, a Field Representative for the Division of Conservation, explained that this contest required knowledge of field tests and study of the different fields for teams to compete effectively. A number of the tests were used for real world ecological study.
Representing Caldwell County’s 4-H club were a team of 5 eager students.
Holly Hartigan, who is considering a career in Environmental engineering, thought her team’s chances were good. “We came in with a positive attitude. If you think you will do badly, that’s what happens, so we stay positive.” She explained that the team strategy was to have one member specialize in an event at the meet, but the entire team shared information among them, to maximize their chances.
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