New Hanover County, NC – Local students from Hoggard High School recently took part in the Coastal Envirothon, an environmental science competition, coordinated by New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with several other local districts. The “Human Beans,” “Recycled Trash Talkers,” “Eco Raptors” and the Future Farmers of America teams from Hoggard participated in the competition held at Weyerhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County on March 16, 2016.
More than 300 middle and high school students competed in five-member teams at the event, vying for trophies, prizes and bragging rights. Two of the Hoggard teams, the Eco Raptors and Recycle Trash Talkers, advanced to the state level Envirothon which will be held this year on April 29 and 30 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.
New Hanover County’s team members are: Amanda Winton, Courtney Goldfarb, Meagan Trotta, Melanie Sanchez, Krissy Cannady, Ryan Goodwin, Jessica Bennion, Sammi Iannucci, Greer Taylor, Hannah Campbell, Avery Hilbert, Courtney Byrd, Mellie Keistler, Yue Zhang, Paige Scott, Katie Campbell, Jacob Butler, Lauren Thayer, Sydney Thuman, Sascha Medina, Shruthi Srinivasan, Rachel Riggs, Cassandra Peterman, Taylor Brouillette, Kacie Drueppel and team advisors Ed Terzian and Shari Thompson with District team coordinator Elissa Riley.
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 specialist. This intense training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: soils and land use, forestry and plant life, wildlife and habitat, aquatics and water quality, and current environmental issues including air quality and the impact of climate change.
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 New Hanover County’s Soil and Water Conservation District at 910.798.7130. For more information on the state-level Envirothon, contact Sandra Weitzel with the NC Association of Division of Soil and Water Conservation at 919.715.6680.
New Hanover County Soil and Water