NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The “Recycled Trash Talkers”, “The Human Beans”, and the “Eco Raptors” teams from John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC participated in the March 17, 2015, Coastal Envirothon competition held at Weyerhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County. Team members are: Amanda Winton, Ryan Goodwin, Preston Shakar, George Georgiev, Hannah Campbell, Courtney Byrd, Krissy Cannady, Venice Leone, Courtney Goldfarb, Meagan Trotta, Dominic Scialabba, Jessica Bennion, Ivan Browning, Greer Taylor, Paige Scott, Ashley Frye, Josh Bennion, Terren Williams, Katie Campbell, Nick Mininni, Sammi Iannucci, and team advisors Ed Terzian and Shari Thompson and district team coordinator Elissa Riley.
More than 200 middle and high school students competed in five-member teams at the event, vying for trophies, prizes and bragging rights. All three Hoggard teams advanced to the state level Envirothon to be held this year on April 24 and 25 at Cedarock Park in Alamance County. The top fourteen teams (seven high school and seven middle school) from each area move on to the State level competition.
Envirothon is the most widely recognized hands-on environmental education program in the nation. Middle and high school students immerse themselves in a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences facilitated by resource professionals such as soil scientists, foresters and wildlife specialists. This intense training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. Scores determine winning placements.
“Envirothon students often become serious stewards of our natural resources and advocates for a healthy planet” said John Peeler, North Carolina’s Envirothon Committee Chair. “What bigger legacy can we leave?”
Locally, the Coastal Envirothon competition is coordinated by area 5 and 6 soil and water conservation districts and is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
For more information on how to participate in local, regional and state Envirothons, please visit http://soilwater.nhcgov.com, http://www.nccoastalenvirothon.org/home, http://www.ncenvirothon.org or contact your local soil and water conservation district at 910.798.7130. Sandra Weitzel, with the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, is available for information on the state level Envirothon and may be reached at 919.715.6680.
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