Teams were formed, questions were answered, and awards were distributed. The 2019 Envirothon was held at Disaster’s Edge on Tuesday May 7, 2019. Testing began at 9 and ran until around 12, followed by lunch, and the presentation of both individual station awards as well as for the overall competition.
The Envirothon is a competition beginning at the county level, and advancing to state, and North American levels. High school teams consisting of five team members compete against each other by taking environmentally categorized tests on subjects such as Forestry, Soil, Wildlife, Aquatics, and a Current Issue. The current issue this year was ‘Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World’. Teams would be given a written test about the subject, and each of the top scoring teams would be given a prize. The top five scoring teams were given plaques that will be engraved with their school names.
For the aquatic identification portion of the test several live animals such as bullfrogs, slimly salamanders, and turtles were used for students to identity. Some of the other stations had hands-on testing activities for students to do as well, such as tree measuring, and soil composition identification. Many students got to experience active outdoor learning while enjoying the great weather we were lucky enough to have.
Eighteen high school teams competed in the 2019 Envirothon from schools around the county including Blacklick Valley, Forest Hills, Penn Cambria, Northern Cambria, Bishop Carroll, Portage and Connemaugh Valley. The top five winning teams were 5thPlace Portage; 4th Place Forest Hills; 3rd Place Forest Hills (a second team); 2nd Place Portage; and 1st Place Northern Cambria.
The team from Northern Cambria will now move on to the Pennsylvania state Envirothon held at the University of Pittsburgh on May 21 & 22, 2019. Way to go to all who participated!