SF Wins County Envirothon
The “Senior Magic” team from Southern Fulton High School captured first place in the Fulton County portion of the 17th annual Envirothon held last Tuesday at Cowans Gap State Park. Victorious team members include Jenna Ritz, Arielle Black, Brian Stanley, Tim Rohm and Dakota Ritz. Joe Hollenshead is the team’s advisor.
The Envirothon, sponsored by the Franklin and Fulton County conservation districts, is an annual competition designed to test the students’ knowledge of the environment. It is also aims to increase their awareness of the inter relationships that exist in the world and the effects of human actions on those inter-relationships.
Teams, consisting of five high school students per team, were provided with study materials during the winter to prepare in advance for the event. During the actual Envirothon, they are tested on five environmental subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current issue. This year’s current issue was “Protection of Groundwater Through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning.”
A total of 30 teams, made up of high school and junior high school students from the two counties, participated in the event. In Fulton County, the Green Machine, representing Mc- Connellsburg High School, placed second and the Want-a-Bees from Southern Fulton High school took third place.
Local agency representatives provided technical assistance and administered the exam stations. Greg Reineke, Fulton County Conservation District, conducted a workshop for advisors.
The testing stations were conducted by the following agency personnel: Aquatics - Anthony Quarracino, PA Fish and Boat Commission and Mary Ann Shaffer, Franklin County Conservation District; Forestry - Ray Miller, Mike Kusko, Zach Roeder, DCNR Bureau of Forestry; Soils - Mark Ely and Brad Michaels, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Wildlife - Kevin Mountz, Justin Klugh and Barry Leonard, PA Game Commission; and Current Issue - Scott Alexander and Seleen Shives of the Fulton County Conservation District.
In addition, a nontesting station was conducted by Beth Garner, Cowans Gap State Park naturalist.
The “Senior Magic” team will follow up on its May 4 victory at Cowans Gap by representing Fulton County at the Pennsylvania State Envirothon scheduled for May 25-26 at PPL Montour Preserve located in Washingtonville.