State Envirothon Competition Winners Announced

A five-member team of students from LaBrae High School in Leavittsburg, Ohio outscored 19 other teams at this year’s state Envirothon Competition held at Bowling Green State Univsersity to take home first place. Congratulations LaBrae!

The Chardon High School team from Geauga County took second place, and the Sylvania Southview High School team from Lucas County placed third.  Over 300 teams of students from across the state participated in local and regional competitions to earn the opportunity to be one of the 20 teams competing at the state event.  On the first day of competition, teams were tested on natural resource categories such as forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and soils and land use.  On the second day of the event students gave oral presentations before a panel of judges based upon this year’s current environmental issue: Invasive species.

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This year’s competitors included Wynford, two teams from Fort Jennings, and Sylvania Southview from northwest Ohio; LaBrae, Boardman, Chardon, and United from northeast Ohio; Fort Frye, two teams from Granville, and Fredericktown from east- central Ohio; Russia, two teams from Centerville, and Upper Valley Career Center from southeast Ohio; and Amanda Clearcreek, Big Walnut, and two teams from Lynchburg Clay from southwest Ohio.

LaBrae will have the opportunity to compete at the North American Envirothon the last week of July. The contest will be held at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. To learn more, visit http://www.envirothon.org/ or http://ofswcd.org/.

The Ohio Envirothon program is sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation.  Other major sponsors include Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Credit Mid-America, AgCredit of Ohio, Pheasants Forever,  Glatfelter, Hiram College, Kokosing, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Farm Bureau, and The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources.  

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