Central Mountain Middle School takes first in Junior Envirothon

SVRCS comes in second and third

KCSD PHOTO Pictured are members of the “Tree Huggers” from Central Mountain Middle School, from left, LilyAnn Gugino, Sophia Dressler, Nate Akeley, Seth Fronk, Caden Hanley, and advisor Laurie Hendricks.

LOCK HAVEN — This year’s winning Junior Envirothon Team was the “Tree Huggers” from Central Mountain Middle School, with team members Sophia Dressler, Caden Hanley, Seth Fronk, Nate Akeley and LilyAnn Gugino. Their advisor was Laurie Hendricks.

The second place team was the “Fireflies” from Sugar Valley Rural Charter School with students Kyle Stahl, Isaiah Conoway, Blake Falk, David Allison, and Hayden Kerstetter. And, the third place team was the “Brook Trout” also from Sugar Valley Rural Charter School with students Dawson Brungard, Ryland Reidell, Lincoln Breon, Thayne Jeffries, and Parker Liddic. SVRCS advisors were Robbie Weaver, and Jamie Fox.

The Clinton County Junior Envirothon was held on Monday May 13, at the Clinton County Conservation District located along Route 64. There were six teams of 30 students from two schools who competed.

The event is sponsored by the Clinton County Conservation District, and is designed to give students in the middle school grades an opportunity to learn about various topics of the environment. Topics they study and prepare for include aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current issue. By starting at this grade level, they can become better prepared to compete at the high school level County Envirothon for grades 9-12.

The environmental station tests were administered by the following natural resource agency representatives — Aquatics administered by Toby Boyer from the Clinton County Conservation District; Current Issue by Scott Koser from the Clinton County Conservation District. Forestry given by Lin Greenaway from DCNR Sproul State Forest; Soils administered by Mike McDevitt for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Wildlife given by Ralph Harnishfeger of the Clinton County Conservation District.

Through the Junior Envirothon program these school students gain the knowledge they will need to participate in the County High School Envirothon. It and helps them as they become adults to make informed decisions about their environment and conservation of natural resources.

School advisors assist the students with study resources and preparing for the event.

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If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the Clinton County Conservation District, at 570-726-3798.

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