The winning group consisted of Corbin Baranoski, Preston Zantello, McKenzie Lisowski, Sierra McKenzie, Trinity Stone, Madyson Groth, Morgan Witt, Joshua Pearson, Kendalyn Haskins and Eric Phillips.
The sixth-graders spent the school year learning about many aspects of the Michigan black bear, including its life cycle, general biology and behavior, as well as how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population.
Participating classes also get to “follow” a black bear by using data points from a radio-collared Michigan black bear to track the bear through its natural movements.
As part of the project, students take the information that they have learned about bears to interpret the life of a Michigan black bear.
"My favorite part of participating with the DNR was tracking a real bear through Michigan. Making the video and showing what we learned was very cool too. I can't believe that we won second-place! That was amazing," exclaimed Morgan Witt.
The Gobles sixth-grade class will be awarded a $500 gift certificate to purchase classroom supplies.
The education program is open to sixth through eighth grade students throughout Michigan.
The first-place prize was awarded to Mrs. Demott’s seventh-grade class at Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain, Mich.