Envirothon 2018

Teams from nine area high schools participated in the Westmoreland County Envirothon on April 30 at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg.

The winner this year is Kiski Area High School.  The Kiski team will represent Westmoreland County at the state competition to be held on May 22 and 23 at Susquehanna University and Camp Mount Luther.  Good luck Kiski Area High School!

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Burrell High School

Derry Area High School

Franklin-Regional Senior High School

Greater Latrobe Senior High School

Kiski Area High School

Mount Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School

Norwin High School

Southmoreland High School

Yough Senior High School

This year Kiski Area High School will represent Westmoreland County at the PA Envirothon.

First Place – Kiski Area High School

(l-r) Makenna Hayes, Gabriella Tepke, Gendyah Short, Alison Bresnahan (Team Advisor), Logan Kelly, William Nese.

 

Second Place – Norwin High School Team 1

(l-r) Joyce Muchoney (Team Advisor), Tommy Kratzenberg II, Victoria Saunders, Taylor Napierkowski, Mallory Page, Mackenzie Hutchinson.

 

 

Third Place – Yough Senior High School Team 2

(l-r) Drake Croushore, Alex Kohuth, Adaline Bradish, Mason Brunson and Cameron Hopkin. Team Advisor Greg King is kneeling in the center.

 

The annual Westmoreland County Envirothon would not be possible without the support of our partners and sponsors.

 

Partners:

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry

PA Department of Environmental Protection

PA Fish and Boat Commission

PA Game Commission

Westmoreland County Beekeepers Association

Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

Sponsors:

Apex Energy, LLC

Pennsylvania Envirothon, Inc.

Smithfield

 

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

 

Background

Since 1986, schools across Pennsylvania have been competing in the annual Envirothon. This academic competition presents students in grades 9-12 with a variety of challenges related to our natural resources grouped into five categories:

  • Soil and Land Use
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife
  • Current Issues.

Students work in teams of five to answer questions and use their critical thinking skills to find solutions to reality-based situations, such as how to balance the use and protection of our natural resources. Teams may be asked to identify a tree, examine soils, or describe an animal’s life cycle.

The first level of Envirothon competition is at the county level. In Westmoreland County, this competition is held at a county park in late April each year. Scientists and experts in environmental science and natural resource management guide the students through each of the challenges.

The team that wins the Westmoreland County Envirothon advances to the Pennsylvania Envirothon, where they earn the chance to compete at the North American Envirothon. Winners will receive recognition and scholarships.

To learn how to form a team at your school, contact Jen Novak at 724-837-5271 or jen@wcdpa.com

Study and classroom preparations for the county Envirothon begin in October of each year.