2012-05-10 / Local & State

Southern Fulton Takes First At Envirothon


Pictured above, left, is the winning Envirothon team: team advisor Joe Hollenshead, Sean Bright, Christian Barnhart, Jonah Ensor, Steven Meyer, Justin Mellott and Paul Johnston from F&M Bank (awards sponsor). Pictured above, left, is the winning Envirothon team: team advisor Joe Hollenshead, Sean Bright, Christian Barnhart, Jonah Ensor, Steven Meyer, Justin Mellott and Paul Johnston from F&M Bank (awards sponsor). This year, a team from Southern Fulton High School took first place in the local Fulton/Franklin County Envirothon competition. On Tuesday, May 1, at Cowan’s Gap State Park, the SFHS “Senioritis” team led the field. In second place was the”Green Team” from the Fulton County Community Christian School. Following in third place was Mc- Connellsburg High School’s team “The Green Machine.”

The SFHS team was comprised of Steven Meyer, Justin Mellott, Jonah Ensor, Christian Barnhart and Sean Bright. Teacher Joe Hollenshead is the academic advisor for the SFHS teams, along with Junior High teacher Van Duncan.

Each member of the firstplace team was presented a Visa gift card, donated by F&M Trust, a first-place medallion, a certificate of achievement and a Fulton County Envirothon T-shirt. Environmental Education funds, raised by the Fulton County Conservation District through their annual tree sale, help pay the team’s way to the PA State Envirothon competition.

This year the 29th Annual Pennsylvania State Envirothon will be held May 22-23 at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown campus where the SFHS team will compete against 65 other county teams. The winning PA team will advance to the Canon Envirothon, the international competition to be held this year in Pennsylvania.

Second place at the Fulton County Envirothon was taken by a team from FCCCS. Team members were Ryan Mellott, Skyler Gordon, Jenae Gordon, Caleb Gingerich and Nathan Leedy. Teacher Carolyn Hollenshead is the academic advisor for the FCCCS teams.

The third place team, from McConnellsburg High School, consisted of Dakota Deneen, Jesse Swope, Nick McClure, Marleigh Jennings and Levi Crouse. Teachers Dot Doyle and Craig Elbin are the academic advisors for the McConnellsburg team.

The Envirothon is designed to raise student awareness and interest in nature, natural resource management and the Environmental Sciences. Each team consists of up to five high school students who prepare for the event through the course of the school year, studying in five areas: aquatics, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, and a current issue that changes annually. This year the current issue is “Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development.”

The Envirothon, now an international competition featuring 45 states and eight Canadian provinces, had its beginnings in Fulton County when local citizens began the Enviro-Olympics more than 20 years ago. This year 100 Franklin and Fulton County students participated in the two-county cooperative event.

Months of indoor and outdoor preparation culminate on the day of the County Envirothon, when students visit five testing stations, hoping to earn up to 100 points at each station. The top winner in each county advances to the PA State Envirothon. The Fulton County and Franklin County Conservation districts teamed up to coordinate the event locally, which was held at Cowan’s Gap State Park.

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