CARMICHAELS - Teams from Carmichaels Area High School won the top three spots at the 29th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday at Wana B Park in Carmichaels.
This year, 65 high school students from the county’s five school districts competed in the event.
Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife and aquatics and on the issue for the year, “ Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy, and Society.”
Carmichaels Team No. 1 won this year’s competition with a score of 429 points out of a possible 500 points.
Team members Blake Conard, Emma Lowry, Ryan Swartz, Brady Watters and Kaleb Wilson and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent the county in the state Envirothon, which will be held May 24 and 25 at the Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and Camp Mount Luther in Mifflinburg.
Carmichaels Team No. 2, consisting of students Finn Dobosh Joey Kurincak, Jacob Hair, Joel Spishock and Stephen Zacoi and advisor, Willis, earned second place with a score of 387.
The third-place team was Carmichaels Team No. 3, which included students Ashley Jones, Britney Pollock, Keiriel Neel, Chris Ross, and Katelyn Sinn and advisor, Willis. The team earned 350 points.
The Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District. It is funded by donations and grants from, among others, the Community Foundation of Greene County’s Community Grants Program, EQT Foundation, CONSOL Energy, Columbia Pipeline Group, Spectra Energy an PA Envirothon.
Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by donations made by these organizations and the Greene County Conservation District.
Other partners that made the event successful include the Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Kimberlee Moninger of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service; Russ Gibbs of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; Jeremy Kelly of the Greene County Planning Commission; Ann Bargerstock, Cumberland Township code enforcement officer;
William Wentzel of the Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, of the state Department of Environmental Protection; Eric Davis of the state Fish and Boat Commission; Jeremy Febinger, wildlife conservation officer; Bill Lubich, of the state Game Commission; Jake Blaker and Pam Blaker of Greene County Parks and Recreation; Ken Ganocy, chairman of Cumberland Township Park and recreation; and Lou Ann Abbadini.,.
For more information on the Greene County Envirothon, call the Greene County Conservation District at 724-852-5278.