Jackson Nesbit, Sun Prairie East Senior, reflects on his experiences competing at the Wisconsin and NCF-Envirothons.

I have had an absolutely phenomenal experience competing in the Wisconsin Envirothon competition over the years. Going to state with my supportive teammates and advisor has become a major highlight of the school year. The staff and volunteers are always eager to strike up conversations with us while we're there. They do a fabulous job of encouraging well organized, meaningful, and fair competition.

Winning at the state level was such an exciting moment for all of us. It was incredibly rewarding to see the teamwork we put into our research and preparation pay off in such a monumental way. It was this moment that led us to compete at the NCF-Envirothon level against various teams from the United States along with other countries around the world.

The experience at the international level is nothing short of life changing. I have met so many amazing friends, who I still keep in touch with to this day. They all share a deep passion for the environment and its conservation. Another great highlight is getting to learn knowledge in hands-on ways from trained professionals in the environmental science field during the test preparation. I always leave the event full of new, fascinating information and a better understanding of the world. Along with the tests, the competition includes a variety of social events. I've had the privilege to attend dances, play games, visit attractions, and explore gorgeous natural landscapes alongside my teammates.

The Envirothon is a remarkably memorable experience that I truly believe has shaped me in a lot of ways as I head into my future.