PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM from MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA TAKES SECOND PLACE HONORS AT THE 2016 NCF-ENVIROTHON
52 student teams representing the United States and Canada, plus a guest team from China, put their skills to the test at the world’s largest high school-level natural resources education competition
A five-member team of high school students from Penncrest High School from Media, PA earned the second place honor at the 2016 NCF-Envirothon. A week-long North American natural resource education competition, a leading environmental education program run by the U. S. based National Conservation Foundation (NCF). The top three scoring teams were awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, on July 28th.
The 2016 NCF-Envirothon’s cash prizes were sponsored by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and supplier. Other event sponsors included National Association of Conservation Districts and Forests Ontario. Each NCF-Envirothon is organized with the assistance of numerous local conservation districts, forestry associations, educators and cooperating natural resources agencies. This year, over 4,000 high schools across North America participated in Envirothon at the state or provincial, regional, and international levels. A five-member team of high school students from University of Toronto Schools, Ontario won the 2016 NCF-Envirothon.
“The National Conservation Foundation congratulates not only the winning team, but all the students who participated in this year’s competition,” said Tim Reich, vice chair of the NCF Board of Trustees. “We are so proud of all of the students’ efforts and their commitment to helping preserve our natural resources.”
The NCF-Envirothon tests teams on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current issue (2016 invasive species). Each team’s knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife specialists and other natural resource professionals. The teams are also asked to demonstrate their critical thinking skills by giving an oral presentation that details the specific management strategies they would use to address a given natural resources issue.
“We are proud to have represented Pennsylvania and thankful to all our state personnel, including teachers, advisors, and technical specialists who gave us so much support,” said Chrissa Kuntz, a coach for the Pennsylvania team.
The top 10 teams of the 2016 NCF-Envirothon include:
Place High School – City, State/Province
1st University of Toronto Schools – Toronto, Ontario
2nd Penncrest High School – Media, Pennsylvania
3rd Palisades Charter High School – Pacific Palisades, California
4th Pembroke Hill High School – Kansas City, Missouri
5th Venturing Crew 202 – Westminster, Maryland
6th West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North – Plainsboro, New Jersey
7th Newton North High School – Newtonville, Massachusetts
8th LaBrae High School – Leavittsburg, Ohio
9th The Mount Academy – Esopus, New York
10th Miami Palmetto Senior High – Pinecrest, Florida
The 2017 Envirothon will be hosted in Emmitsburg, Maryland. For more information about Envirothon, including additional sponsors, visit www.envirothon.org.