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Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 Pennsylvania State Envirothon Results

The 34th Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition was held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24, 2017. High school students from 64 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year’s event.

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 2017 current environmental issue focused on Agricultural Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship. 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. At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s sixty-six 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 the following partners: 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 2017 Envirothon are PA Department of Environmental Protection, Shell Oil Company, The Hershey Company, EQT Foundation, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Weis, SWN, Chief Oil & Gas LLC, UGI Utilities, National Conservation Foundation Envirothon, and Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The 2017 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 29th North American competition planned for July 23 – July 29 at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. More than 46 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 2017 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions, scoring 531 points of a possible 600, are from Penncrest High School located in Delaware County. The Delaware County team earned the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the NCF-Envirothon North American competition.

The team representing McKean County, the West Eldred Woodmen, placed an impressive 19th out of 64 teams; and second place in the northwest region. Teams from Cameron, Elk, and Potter counties also took part in the event.

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 lsteach@envirothonpa.org, or visit the website at www.envirothonpa.org.

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