The 30th Pennsylvania State Envirothon was held at Juniata College on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22, 2013. High school students from 61 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year’s event.
The team representing Greene County from Carmichaels Area High School placed fifth overall and sixth in the Oral Component in the 2013 State Envirothon competition. The team had an Oral Component score of 90.67 and a total score of 494.67 points for the competition. The team was awarded two wooden plaques made from Pennsylvania hardwoods along with reference books on reptiles and amphibians of Pennsylvania.
The team members include Douglas Kowalewski, Mackenzie Metcalf, Floretta Chambers, Philip Mikalik, Ashley Dotson, and Kevin Willis, team coach. This year marks the eighth year in a row that the Carmichaels Envirothon team has placed in the top 10 at the State Envirothon. The team placed second in 2010 and 2006 and fourth in 2011. Last year’s team placed fifth overall in the state. In 2009, the team placed seventh, in 2008 the team placed eighth, and in 2007 the team placed 10th in the state.
At the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field-oriented tests that focus on five topic areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues. The 2013 current environmental issue focused on Grazing and Pastureland Management. 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 across the state. At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s sixty-six 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. Technical expertise is provided by the following agency partners: PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, and the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Sponsors of the 2013 Envirothon are PPL Corporation, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Shell Oil Co., Air Products Foundation, Bayer HealthCare, North American Envirothon, PA Department of Environmental Protection Office Environmental Education, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, and State Conservation Commission. The Hershey Company, Dwight Lewis Lumber, Lewis Lumber Products, PPL, and Cargill are “corporate station sponsors.”
The 2013 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 26th North American Envirothon competition planned for Aug. 4–10 at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Pennsylvania has won the North American event in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2009. More than 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, and one Canadian territory have initiated Envirothon contests based on the program that was originally developed by Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.
The 2013 Pennsylvania State Envirothon champions, scoring 550.67 points of a possible 600, are from York County Homeschool located in York County. The York County team earned the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the North American Envirothon.
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 ten teams received a plaque and other prizes.
For more information on the Envirothon program, contact your county conservation district or contact the Pennsylvania Envirothon by phone 814-623-7900 ext. 111, Email email@example.com, or visit the website at www.envirothonpa.org.