SVRCS team places at State Envirothon

PHOTO PROVIDED Pictured are members of Tsuga Canadensis team, from left, advisor Chuck Bechdel, John Raudabaugh, McKenna Fox, Naaman Conoway, Cheyenne Holdren, Isaiah Nearhoof and Advisor Robbie Weaver.

LOCK HAVEN –The Clinton County team placed 11th out of the 66 counties who participated, with a score of 475.3, at the 36th Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition was held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown and Windber Recreation Park in May. High school students from 66 counties participated.

Clinton County was represented by the “Tsuga Canadensis” team from Sugar Valley Rural Charter School. Team members were Naaman Conoway, McKenna Fox, Cheyenne Holdren, Isaiah Nearhoof, and John Raudabaugh. Their advisors are Robbie Weaver and Chuck Bechdel. At the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field station tests that focus on five topic areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues. The 2019 current environmental issues focused on “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.” 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 from across the state and the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s 66 county 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 PA Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, and U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Sponsors and partners of the 2019 Envirothon are PA Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Education, National Energy Foundation, Shell Oil Company, PPL, The Hershey Company, EQT Foundation, Weis, Chief Oil & Gas LLC, UGI Utilities, Car Charging Group, Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities, and National Conservation Foundation Envirothon.

The 2019 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 31st NCF-Envirothon competition planned for July 28 – August 2 at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

More than 47 states, eight Canadian provinces, one Canadian territory, and two Chinese provinces have initiated Envirothon contests based on the program that was originally developed by Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

The 2019 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions, scoring 536.0 points of a possible 600, are from Carmichaels Area High School located in Greene County. The Greene County team earned the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the NCF-Envirothon international competition.

For more information on the Envirothon program, contact the Clinton County Conservation District at 570-726-3798 or contact the Pennsylvania Envirothon by phone (814) 310-3271, Email lsteach@envirothonpa.org, or visit the website at www.envirothonpa.org.

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