CARMICHAELS – Fifty-three high school students from four of the county’s five school districts competed in the 28th annual Greene County Envirothon last week at Wana B Park in Carmichaels.
Teams of five students on April 29 tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2015 current issue, urban and community forestry.
Carmichaels Team No. 1 won this year’s competition with a score of 418 points out of a possible 500 points.
Team members Blake Conard, Ashley Dotson, Emma Lowry, Philip Mikalik and Kaleb Wilson and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent Greene County at the state Envirothon, scheduled for May 19-20 at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown and the Windber Recreation Park.
Mapletown Team No. 1, consisting of students Reid Griffin, Ryan Kovach, Luke Pecjak, Garrett Phillips and Abby Shipley and advisers Amber Burkett and Sara London, earned second place with a score of 373.
The third-place team was Carmichaels Team No. 2, which included students Allie Christopher, Zachary Juliani, Joel Spishock, Brady Watters and Parker Woodring and advisor Willis. The team earned 371 points.
The Greene County Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District and is funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greene County’s Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program through CONSOL Energy.
Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by Alpha Natural Resources and the Greene County Conservation District.
In addition to the continued financial support of Community Foundation of Greene County, CONSOL Energy and Alpha Natural Resources, other partners that made the event successful include Greene County Commissioners Chuck Morris, Archie Trader and Blair Zimmerman; Greene County Department of Economic Development; Kevin Paul, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Russ Gibbs, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; William Wentzel, Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, state Department of Environmental Protection; Eric Davis, state Fish and Boat Commission; Jeremy Febinger, Frank Maykuth and Amanda Powell, state Game Commission; Brian Wolyniak, Penn State Extension; and Michelle Anderson, Alpha Natural Resources.