Mind Grind award winners

Nine teams were rewarded for their environmental smarts today at the 2011 Environmental Mind Grind, brought to you by FortisBC.

A total of two high school, 11 middle school and 14 elementary school teams from across the Central Okanagan faced off in the Sky Court at Orchard Park Shopping Centre to test their knowledge about all things green.

“The bustling energy from all of the student competitors was impressive and we’re proud to support such an important educational event,” said Elvia Picco, community and First Nations relations manager, FortisBC.

“Learning about different environmental topics in a fun and engaging way is a great opportunity for students to embrace this knowledge and to share this information with each other, family and friends.

“Congratulations to all the students, teachers and schools for their effort and energy in preparing for the Environmental Mind Grind.”

With parents, friends, teachers and fellow students cheering them on, Bankhead Elementary School of Kelowna won the hotly contested Elementary School Division and $500 for their school. Glenmore Elementary, placed second.

KLO Middle School’s team two from Kelowna won the coveted first place in the Middle School category. KLO Middle School’s team one placed second after playing several tightly contested games.

The Most Enthusiastic Team prize was awarded to Rutland in the elementary category and George Elliott (team two) in the middle school category.

No high school was bestowed with a Most Enthusiastic prize, as only two high schools ended up competing.

Two high school teams competed for FortisBC’s prize of $150 per student towards post secondary education as well $1,000 for an energy saving project in their school.

After a quick best-of-three battle, Kelowna Secondary School took home first prize. Okanagan Mission Secondary School from Kelowna placed second.

The Environmental Mind Grind contest helps students learn about local environmental issues and motivates the competitors and their families to live more sustainably by taking environmental action.

It has been organized by the City of Kelowna and Regional District of Central Okanagan in honour of Earth Day since its inception in 2000.


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