Lake Shelbyville – The 40th Annual Lake Shelbyville Eco-Meet, coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was held at Camp Camfield Ecological Study Area on October 6, 2016.
The Eco-Meet is an environmental competition for school students that are in junior high and high school. Junior Varsity teams are comprised of four students from grades seven and eight. Varsity teams are made up of four high school students from grades nine through twelve. A total of 136 students from 34 schools competed in this year’s event.
Junior Varsity event topics included Freshwater Fish, Illinois Trees, Illinois Waterfowl. Varsity teams tested over Glaciers, Life of a Bee, and Indians along the Kaskaskia. There were 16 Junior Varsity teams and 18 Varsity teams in the competition.
Junior Varsity Results: 1st Place – Cumberland, 2nd Place – Litchfield, 3rd Place – Crestwood (Paris)
Varsity Results: 1st Place – Litchfield, 2nd Place – Neoga, 3rd Place -Paris
Natural Resources Specialists at Lake Shelbyville presented the top three teams in each division with plaques donated by the Mattoon Exchange Club.
Lake Land College Professor Jeff White and his Environmental Science students assisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in grading the tests and monitoring the division categories. This event could not take place without all of their support. The team at Lake Shelbyville looks forward to seeing all participants and volunteers next year.