A team of Stanwood High School students earned first place out of teams from several counties across the state during the recent Envirothon contest at the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue.
The team, consisting of Scott Weisse, Andrew Salmon, Thor Pearson, Jack Medlicott and Alexa Flem, was tested on their knowledge of forestry, wildlife, soil/land use, aquatic ecology, and current environmental issues where they earned first place in the overall contest and first place out of Snohomish County teams.
Third-year participant Scott Weisse said, “This is a really great
learning opportunity that connect the classroom with career based
experiences, now I just hope we make another great showing at state to
advance us to nationals.”
The team will compete against the winning team from each participating
county within the state on May 19-20 at the Lutherwood Camp on Lake
Samish. The winning team will advance to the national competition in
Stanwood High School Career and Technical Education teacher Ryan
Ovenell accompanied 35 Stanwood students to the competition. The
Envirothon competition began in 1979 by the Pennsylvania Soil and Water
Conservation Districts, to develop and test the student’s knowledge in
the topics of forestry, wildlife, soil/land use, aquatic ecology and
current environmental issues. The competition eventually developed into
an international competition currently sponsored by Canon U.S.A. The
competition includes more than 500,000 student participants across the
United States and Canadian Provinces.