Pratt High School fielded two teams to the Regional Eco-Meet on October 3 at Dillons Nature Center. The varsity team will continue at state as they placed third in table tests, a scavenger hunt and an interpretive skit.

Pratt High School Science Club Members attended the Regional Eco-Meet on October 3 at The Dillon Nature Center located in Hutchinson, KS.  Students participate in two table tests, a scavenger hunt, and an interpretive skit. This year’s table test consisted of “Tall Grass Prairies” and “Reptiles and Amphibians.”  Students have 30 minutes to collect many different Kansas forbs, trees, grasses, animals, and to help recycle.  Each component of the meet is a score out of 100.  The top 3 teams move on to state as well as the top 2 individuals in the 2 table tests.  PHS’s Eco-Meet team is coached by Science teacher Joy Schmidt.  This year 2 teams from Pratt attended the Eco-meet, Team A- Bridget Kiley (12), Drew Taylor(12), and Reese McDonald(12) and Team B was made up of 4 freshmen; Kristen Kiley, Lucas Baker, Nathan Baker, and Ruby Howell.  These students had a great experience with Team A placing 3rd overall and earning a trip to state.  Also, earning a trip to state is Ruby Howell, she will compete as an individual in the reptile and amphibian test as she placed 2nd in this test at the regional meet. The state meet will be on November 2nd at the Webster Conference Center in Salina, KS.
This year was a great experience for all the students, Team A consisted of all seniors, Reese McDonald has competed in the Eco-meet for 4 years, Bridget Kiley 3 years, and Drew Taylor for his second year.  They were a great group of leaders for the freshmen group.  Students would meet twice a week in the evenings after their other school activities, writing and memorizing an interpretative skit.   They created their own power points and used quizlets to learn more about the test they would be taking.   This a fun event to coach, the students really get into the interpertive event and they have fun.  I really enjoyed watching the freshmen group learn from the seniors.  The freshmen were excited at the end of the competition as they are ready to start preparing for next year so they can earn a trip to state.
This is a great competition for students to get involved in, they get to learn about Kansas’s environment, work as a team, and compete against other schools.  There is also scholarship monies available to the winners of the competition.  At the regional level the top team is awarded $100, 2nd place $75  and 3rd place $50 to each person of the team.  The top 2 winners of each test also earn scholarship money with 1st place $75 and 2nd place is awarded $50.