The Elkins High School Envirothon Team placed fifth in the annual competition this past spring in Flatwoods.
More than 200 high school students in 40 teams from across the state traveled to compete at this year's annual competition. The EHS team was comprised of graduating seniors Maggie Jones and Farha Khan, as well as juniors Julia Fregonara, Tyson Currence, Kaitlyn Miller and Peyton Teets, who served as alternate.
Advised by Pat Schoonover, a retired Elkins High School biology teacher, the EHS Tigers team won a shared scholarship of $1,250, sponsored by the West Virginia Solid Waste Authority.
The Elkins High School Tigers Envirothon Team that captured fifth place out of 40 schools statewide in the 16th annual West Virginia Envirothon includes, from left, Maggie Jones, Farha Khan, Tyson Currence, Kaitlyn Miller and Julia Fregonara. Not pictured is Peyton Teets, alternate.
"We were very pleased that the students placed so well and are very appreciative of all the training they received from WVDNR and U.S. Forest Service employees," said Ann Ludlow, EHS biology teacher and school sponsor. "With a majority of the team being made up of now rising seniors, I look forward to next spring's competition."
The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades nine through 12. The Envirothon program encourages students to work as a team to acquire natural resource knowledge and critical thinking skills. They are tested on aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and this year's current environmental topic, "Non-Point Source Pollution and Low Impact Development." By participating in the Envirothon program, students learn about West Virginia's diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations.
The West Virginia Envirothon Committee is a subcommittee of the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, and is partnership effort of the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Conservation Districts, West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Division of Forest, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia Forestry Association and West virginia University Extension Service. Major sponsors for the event are The Dominion Foundation and the Weyerhaeuser Foundation.
Other winners in the event were: first place, Ravenswood FFA; second place, Doddridge County Gold; third place, Shady Spring Enviromongers; and fourth place, Hampshire Homeschool.