A five-member team of students from Boardman High School outscored 19 other teams at the 2014 Ohio Envirothon. This two-day environmental competition was held this year at Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County.
''The Envirothon is a great hands-on learning experience for high schools students, educating youth on the importance of protecting the future of our natural resources,'' said Jeanne Russell, environmental education coordinator at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Soil and Water Resources. ''The Envirothon is also a great networking opportunity for students to meet other students from across the state, and it introduces them to potential career opportunities in the field of natural resource management.''
The victorious Boardman High School students, under the leadership of teacher / adviser Heather Moran, are Muhammad Akbar, Mackenzie Allen, Luke Carabbia, Marcus Masello and Kaye Moyer. As first place winners, each team member and their adviser received a cash award of $500 along with a plaque.
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BHS Envirothon team members Muhammad Akbar, Luke Carabbia, Marcus Masello, teacher / adviser Heather Moran, Mackenzie Allen and Kaye Moyer came in first at the 2014 Ohio Envirothon this month.
The Lynchburg-Clay High School team from Highland County took second place, and Chardon High School from Geauga County placed third. Over 300 teams of students from around 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 June 9, teams were tested on natural resource categories such as forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and soils and land use. On June 10, they gave oral presentations before a panel of judges based upon this year's current environmental issue: Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foods.
The Ohio Envirothon program is sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and ODNR's Division of Soil and Water Resources. Other major sponsors include ODNR's Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, Ohio EPA's Environmental Education Fund, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Access Midstream, Pheasants Forever, and The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources.
This year marks the 26th anniversary for the Ohio Envirothon program.