High school students from 64 Pennsylvania counties participated in the 31st Pennsylvania State Envirothon at Susquehanna University and PPL Montour Preserve on May 20-21.
At the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field station tests that focus on five topic areas - soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues.
The 2014 current environmental issue focused on Sustainable Agriculture/Buying Local.
The teams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities, oral presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge, which relates to the current environmental issue.
Teams participating represent the best and the brightest of the thousands of high school teens who have competed in county Envirothon competitions sponsored by conservation districts from across the state.
Clinton County was represented by a team of students from Central Mountain High School, along with their adviser, Amanda Hack. Team members were Bryce Bason, Logan Corter, Ryan Rupert, Sam Weber and Kelsey Neff.
At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania's 66 conservation districts, the State Conservation Commission and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. The program is managed by a board of directors representing those sponsors.
The winners of the 2014 Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition will be recognized as the state champions and will receive additional scholarship funding or an educational excursion on the Chesapeake Bay.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Envirothon state champions, scoring 522.33 points of a possible 600, are from Penncrest High School in Delaware County.
Top 10 winners, with scores include:
Second Place - YHSA Homeschoolers, York County, with a score of 520;
Third Place - Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County, with a score of 510;
Fourth Place - Palmyra Area High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 482;
Fifth Place - Downingtown East High School, Chester County, with a score of 481.33;
Sixth Place - Redbank Valley High School, Clarion County, with a score of 473;
Seventh Place - Neshaminy High School, Bucks County, with a score of 453.67;
Eighth Place - Central Valley High School, Beaver County, with a score of 447.33;
Ninth Place - Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill County, with a score of 446.67;
10th Place - Lewisburg Area High School, Union County, with a score of 445.67.
The Pennsylvania Envirothon awarded scholarships to the first-, second- and third-place teams. The scholarships were sponsored by Pennsylvania's County Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania Envirothon. Each of the top 10 teams received a plaque and other prizes.
The high station winners, with scores include:
Soils/Land Use - Penncrest High School, Delaware County, with a score of 89;
Aquatic Ecology - Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill County, with a score of 93;
Forestry - Palmyra Area High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 88;
Wildlife - YHSA Homeschoolers, York County, with a score of 92;
Current Issue - YHSA Homeschoolers, York County, with a score of 92; and
Oral Presentation Component - YHSA Homeschoolers, York County, with a score of 100.
For more information on the Envirothon program, contact the Clinton County Conservation District at 570-726-3798 or contact the Pennsylvania Envirothon by phone 814-623-8099, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.envirothonpa.org.