Envirothon 2017

The 2017 Envirothon was held on April 24th at Twin Lakes Park. This year, 21 teams from 9 area schools participated in the event.

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 Southmoreland High School will represent Westmoreland County at the PA Envirothon on May 23 and 24 at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown (UPJ) located in Cambria County.

First Place – Southmoreland High School Team 1

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

 

 

Second Place – Yough Senior High School Team 2

(l-r) Caitlin Allen, Christian Wardezak, Kaylee Goblesky, Emma Krofcheck, Kyla Denitti, Greg King (advisor)

 

Third Place – Greater Latrobe High School Team 2

(l-r) Macy Logan (advisor), Rebecca, Dill, Alexis Brown, Rachel Garbeglio, Hunter Petrosky

 

This year’s Current Issue topic was Agricultural Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship

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 Bureau of Parks and Recreation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling

 

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.