Avella High School recently won the 2013 Washington County Envirothon hosted by the Washington County Conservation District, beating 14 teams from local high schools. Teams of five students from Avella, California, Canon-McMillan, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, McGuffey and Ringgold competed, addressing five environmental categories: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife and a Current Issue, which was Livestock Grazing. Avella finished first with 322 points, followed by McGuffey with 320 and Canon-McMillan with 313. Each student on the Avella team received a $500 scholarship, courtesy of Consol Energy Inc., and will represent Washington County May 21 and 22 in the state competition at Juniata College. Winners were, front row, from left, Emily Rush, Sylvia Dreisdadt and adviser Evy Breitigan; and back row, Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, Ryan Comfort, Zack Kagle, Travis Smith and Bill Iams, chairman of the Washington County Conservation District.
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