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Pictured are CMS students at the recent Eco-Meet: Brody Rankin, Lily Porter and Yoana Yordanova.

SHELBYVILLE -- The 41st Annual Lake Shelbyville Eco-Meet, coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was held at Camp Camfield Ecological Study Area on Oct. 12.

The Eco-Meet is an environmental competition for 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 12. A total of 140 students from 35 schools competed in this year’s event.

Junior varsity event topics included Rocks and Minerals, Bats, and Lizards. Varsity teams tested over Birds of Prey, Butterflies and Moths, and Wolves. There were 16 Junior Varsity teams and 19 Varsity teams in the competition.

Junior Varsity Results: 1st Place – Litchfield, 2nd Place – Cumberland 3rd Place – Neoga

Varsity Results: 1st Place – Cumberland, 2nd Place – South Central, 3rd Place – Litchfield

Natural Resources Specialists at Lake Shelbyville presented the top three teams in each division with plaques donated in part 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.

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