FCCCS Team Wins County Envirothon
Team Green, representing Chambersburg Area Senior High School, was the Franklin County winners in the 18th Annual Franklin/Fulton County Envirothon held Tuesday (May 3) at Cowans Gap State Park. Members of Team Green are Ethan Woy, Eric Day, Jenna Timmons, Jessica Whitmore and Allen Rundquist. Team advisor is Eddie Parsons.
Fulton County Community Christian School’s Gold Team captured first place in the Fulton County competition. Team members are Ryan Mellott, Vicky Tomlinson, Andrea Leedy, Jenae Gordon and Skyler Gordon. The team advisor is Carolyn Hollenshead.
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 also aims to increase their awareness of the interrelationships that exist in the world and the effects of human actions on those interrelationships.
In Franklin County, the annual event is co-sponsored by Valley Quarries Inc., Chambersburg, and Adams Electric Co. Valley Quarries will provide winning team members with savings bonds. Adams Electric and Valley Quarries provided financial support to purchase Tshirts for all Franklin County participants.
Teams, consisting of five students per team, were provided with study materials in the winter. During the Envirothon, they are tested on five environmental subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current issue. This year’s current issue was “Fresh and Salt Water Estuaries.”
High school and junior high school students from the two counties participated in the event. The second-place team in the Franklin County competition was the Gold, representing Waynesboro Area Senior High School. The third-place winners in Franklin County were members of Team TBA.
In Fulton County, the Want-A-Bees from Southern Fulton High School placed second. The team is comprised of Steven Meyer, Justin Mellott, Jonah Ensor, Christian Barnhart and Billy Mitchell. Academic advisor for SFHS is Joe Hollenshead. The Green Machine from McConnellsburg High School placed third. The team is made up of Dakota Deneen, Jesse Swope, Nick Mc- Clure, Marleigh Jennings, and Andrew Smith. Dot Doyle and Craig Elbin are the academic advisors for the McConnellsburg teams.
Representatives from local agencies provided technical assistance and administered the exam stations. Greg Reineke, Fulton County Conservation District, conducted a session for advisors.
Testing stations were administered by the following personnel:
Aquatics - Scott Alexander, Fulton County Conservation District, Tammy Piper, Franklin County Conservation District.
Forestry – Dave Scamardella, Ray Miller and Keith Ewen, all representing the DCNR Bureau of Forestry.
Soil and Land Use – Mark Ely and Lindsay Kammerer of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Current Issue – Maxine Reineke and Selene Shives, Fulton Conservation District.
Wildlife – Kevin Mountz and Justin Klugh, PA Game Commission.
A non-testing station dealing with recycling was conducted by Dan Wolfe, Franklin County Planning Commission.
The two first- place teams will represent Franklin and Fulton counties at the 2011 Pennsylvania Envirothon which will be held at Susquehanna University and Shikellamy State Park May 24- 25. The Canon Envirothon will be held July 24-29 at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada.
For more information, contact Donna Hayes (264-5499) Franklin County, or Greg Reineke (485- 3547, Ext. 120), Fulton County.