Carmichaels places third in Envirothon

Left to right: coach Megan Patton, Ryan Swartz, Joey Kurincak, Christina Adams, Stephen Zacoi, Jacob Hair and coach Kevin Willis.

The Carmichaels Envirothon Team won the Pennsylvania State Envirothon for the second consecutive year and placed third at the 2019 NCF-International Envirothon competition in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The team, from Carmichaels Area High School, was in first place before the final presentation with a score of 567.17 out of 700 possible points making them First Round NCF-International Envirothon champions.

Following the final presentation, the team received third place worldwide, out of 53 teams from the United States, Canada and China. Carmichaels was awarded a scholarship of $5,000 ($1,000 for each student) and also received a plaque, medals and a gift basket from Cabot Cheese.

Throughout the weeklong competition, students demonstrated their knowledge on soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife management through written tests and interactive stations featuring North Carolina’s natural resources. The teams also prepared oral presentations on this year’s current issue, “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”

The team had the second highest forestry score with 87 out of a possible 100 (high score was an 88), the second highest soils score with a 64.5 (high, 69), fourth highest wildlife score with an 88 (high, 93.5) and fifth highest aquatics score with a 91.5 (high, 96.5).

The Jamestown High School team from Virginia placed first and the High Rock Home High School team from North Carolina placed second.

“The NCF-Envirothon competition began in 1979,” NCF-Envirothon Program Manager Jennifer Brooks said. “Forty years later, this program has grown and expanded its reach, but continues to encourage high school students to pursue environmental, conservation and natural resource-related fields.”

The 2020 international NCF-Envirothon competition will be hosted in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the University of Nebraska from July 26 – Aug. 1, where students will be tested on the 2020 topic, “Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions.”

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