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Team from Grande Prairie Comp wins Alberta Envirothon

A team of high school students from Grande Prairie has been named the 2014 Alberta Envirothon champions.

Two groups of Composite High students competed at the event in Hinton over the weekend, and one secured the top spot by just point-zero-two points.

ERSD Education and Outreach Officer Blaine Burke explains that in addition to a field test and written test, they presented on how they’d propose taking a third generation farm and make it profitable with a business plan.

“If you take all those factors in place, and all the work that was done through the 13 teams, and to come in with just 0.2 over second place is astounding.”

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The top three teams, which included St. Albert in second and Edson in third, were all within one point of each other.

The event is put on to help youth learn about natural resource and environmental issues, and learn about related career paths.

“The whole idea of it is just to get kids more aware of the issues and challenges that we have when managing our natural resources and how some decisions can affect many other decisions, and maybe some of the other reasons why we do things is because it’s to give us a certain quality of life as well.”

The win earned the Comp team a spot in a virtual competition against other 57 other provinces and states in July.

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