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.
Top 10 winners, with scores include:
First Place – Penncrest High School, Delaware County, with a score of 531;
Second Place – Palmyra High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 522;
Third Place – Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County, with a score of 515.67;
Fourth Place – North East High School, Erie County, with a score of 495.67;
Fifth Place – Pleasant Valley High School, Monroe County, with a score of478.33;
Sixth Place – Southmoreland High School, Westmoreland County, with a score of457.33;
Seventh Place – Blue Ridge High School, Susquehanna County, with a score of454;
Eighth Place – MMI Preparatory School, Luzerne County, with a score of444.67;
Ninth Place – Central York High School, York County, with a score of 439.33;
Tenth Place – Bangor Area High School, Northampton County, with a score of430.
The Pennsylvania Envirothon awarded scholarships to the first through fifth place teams. The scholarships were sponsored by Pennsylvania’s County Conservation Districts and Shell Oil. Each of the top ten teams received a plaque and other prizes.
The high station winners, with scores include:
Soils/Land Use – West Branch Area High School, Clearfield County and Penncrest High School, Delaware tied, with a score of 96;
Aquatic Ecology – Penncrest High School, Delaware County, with a score of 99;
Forestry – Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County, with a score of 87;
Wildlife – Palmyra Area High School, Lebanon County with a score of 86;
Current Issue – Northeast High School, Erie County with a score of 93;
Oral Presentation Component – Penncrest High School, Delaware County with a score of 100.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.envirothonpa.org.