Environmental education: Students participate in annual Envirothon competition

Photos provided to the Times Observer Tidioute Community Charter School took first place at the varsity level at Friday’s Envirothon held at Chapman State Park. Students on the team were, from left, Logan Sabella, Caleb Hart, Owen Heenan, Ayden Bailor and Caleb Morningstar.

Tidioute Community Charter School brought home top varsity honors during this year’s Envirothon.

Students from around the county participated in the annual environmental skills competition on Friday at Chapman State Park.

According to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Envirothon was founded in 1991 and is an “outdoor academic event designed to test high school students’ knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues, and cultivate in the student a desire to learn more about the natural world.”

Tidioute Community Charter School took first in the varsity division with a team composed of Logan Sabella, Caleb Hart, Owen Heenan, Ayden Bailor and Caleb Morningstar.

Top JV honors went to the “MEGS” team from Youngsville High School – Shay Reilly, Maci Benton, Emma Groves and Gabby Hodak.

Team “MEGS” from Youngsville High School took top JV honors during last Friday’s Envirothon. The team included, from left, Shay Reilly, Maci Benton, Emma Groves and Gabby Hodak.

Jean Gomory, watershed specialist with the Warren County Conservation District, said students took part in five testing stations — Soils, Wildlife, Aquatics, Forestry and then one based on a current issue which, this year, was “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.”

Each team spends about 35 minutes at each station and could score up to 100 points in each area.

“Win or lose, I hope students will take away a deeper interest and appreciation of the environment,” Gomory said. “Even if they don’t go into an environmental field, it helps to know about the world we live in.

“I hope they find ways to apply the knowledge they learned in their daily lives and find ways to conserve resources and be conscientious of their impact on the environment.”

Here’s a look at other top finishers from Friday’s competition: Varsity, second place, “EHS Blue Badgers,” Tucker Lindell, Jayden Chase, Alexis Davis, Ryan Chambers and Aiden Huebach; Third place, “Dirt Devils” from Youngsville High School, Michael Carnahan, Madison Carnahan, Carsyn Branstrom and Tydus Chase; Fourth place, “Mighty Mayflies from Youngsville High School, Kale Jespersen, Caitlyn Pikna and Emelyn Moore.

On the junior varsity side, second place was “The Benchwarmers” from Youngsville High School, James Crawford, Ayden Dean, Collin Montgomery, Riley Lauger and Brayden Long; Third place, “EMHS Gold,” Althea Uber, Carson Britt, Carson Ferman, Cadee Ott and Elliot Jespersen; Fourth place, “EMHS Blue,” Sophia Wallace, Brice Ludwick, Meredith Smyth and Brayden Frank.


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