Envirothon 2016

The 2016 Envirothon was held on April 25th at Twin Lakes Park. This year, 15 teams from 7 area schools participated in the event.

Burrell High School

Franklin-Regional High School

Greater Latrobe High School

Mount Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School

Norwin High School

Southmoreland High School

Yough Senior High School

This year Southmoreland High School will represent Westmoreland County at the PA Envirothon on May 24th and 25th at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

First Place Team 2016 Southmoreland webFirst Place – Southmoreland High School team 1

 (l-r) Haley Rollinson, Alex Busato, Brendan Hixon, Jenna Hixon (advisor), Mady Bodenheimer, Mackenzie Blair

 

Second Place Team 2016 Yough web

Second Place – Yough Senior High School
 (l-r) Hank Bradish, Joe Miller, Greg King (advisor), Abby Squires, Jake Mullaney, Jason Walko

 

Third Place Team 2016 Norwin web

Third Place – Norwin High School team 1
 (l-r) Holly Elder, Lauren Kratzenberg, Emily Henderson, Joyce Muchoney (advisor), Ben Lyman, Jacob Baverso


This year’s Current Issue topic was Invasive Species

Envirothon 2016 Poster D1

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

 

Partners:

Penn State Extension

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 Bureau of Parks and Recreation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

Sponsors:

Pennsylvania Envirothon, Inc.

Apex Energy, LLC

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.