Penncrest High School Wins 2011 Pennsylvania Envirothon

Penncrest High School in Delaware County took home first place honors in the 2011 Pennsylvania Envirothon this week at Susquehanna University and Shikellamy State Park.  Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

-- York Homeschoolers, York County;
-- Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill County;
-- Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County:
-- MMI Preparatory, Luzerne County;
-- Bald Eagle High School, Centre County;
-- Warren Area High School, Warren County;
-- Oley Valley High School, Berks County;
-- Emmaus High School, Lehigh County; and
-- Palmyra High School, Lebanon County.
            The Pennsylvania Envirothon awarded scholarships to the first, second, and third place teams.  The scholarships were sponsored by The Hershey Company and EXCO Resources (PA).  Each of the top ten teams received a plaque and other prizes.
            The 2011 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 24th Canon Envirothon North American competition planned for July 24 – 29 at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.  
            Pennsylvania has won the North American event in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2009.
            More than 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, and one Canadian territory have initiated Envirothon contests based on the program that was originally developed by Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.
            During the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field-oriented tests that focus on five topic areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues.  The 2011 current environmental issue was salt and fresh water estuaries. 
            The teams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities, oral presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge, which usually relates to the current environmental issue.
    Teams participating represent the best and the brightest of the thousands of high school teens who have competed in county Envirothon competitions sponsored by conservation districts across the state. 
            At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s sixty-six conservation districts, the State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.  The program is managed by a board of directors representing those sponsors.
            Technical expertise is provided by the following agency partners:  Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Canon Envirothon. 
            Sponsors of the 2011 Envirothon are EXCO Resources (PA), The Hershey Company, PPL Corporation, Air Products Foundation, Nestle Water North America, Bayer HealthCare, Canon Envirothon, PA Trappers Association, PA Outdoor Writers Association, Sean Reineke Family, Fulton Co. Commissioner Cutchall, Larson Design Group, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, State Conservation Commission, and the PA Growing Greener Program.
            The Hershey Company, Dwight Lewis Lumber, Lewis Lumber Products, and Cargill are “Corporate Station Sponsors.”
            For more information on the Envirothon program, contact your county conservation district or contact the Pennsylvania Envirothon by phone 814-623-7900 ext. 111, send email to:, or visit the PA Envirothon website.


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