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Maine State Envirothon Finals 

High school students from across the state were at Husson University Thursday.Competing in the State Envirothon Finals.Meghan Hayward takes us to the competition.Sixteen teams from fourteen high schools are vying for the top spot in the envirothon.The Maine Association of Conservation Districts is behind it.”This is an opportunity for students to meet professionals in the field and mentor just get information and knowledge from them.”The students are tested in an outdoor setting on topics including forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and current events.Organizers say the current events section is always the most challenging.”That public speaking really gets them. At the states it’s a 7 minute presentation with 2 minutes of questions and answers. So it’s bumped up, it’s 5 minutes at regional event and that is always the problem child.”We caught up with Jonah Baskerville from Washington Academy after he finished the aquatics section.”It was really interesting. This time around we got to look at some bugs and check out some plants. The equipment part was a little bit tougher than I remember.”Baskerville expects some of the other events to be a little easier for them.”I’m hoping either soils or forestry. We’ve been doing pretty well in soils and forestry.”The team from Bucksport High School says they are pretty confident with the wildlife section because their school has several resources that prepared them.”Some skulls and we have some track imprints that we study and some old tests from before.”No matter who comes out on top they all agree it’s a great opportunity.”Inspiring a new generation to understand what’s in their environment and how they help it and make it better.”