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DILLINER, PA – The 32nd Greene County Envirothon competition was held at Hunting Hills on Wednesday, May 9. Sixty high school students from Greene County’s five school districts competed in this year’s event.
At the Envirothon, five-member teams participated in a series of field station tests that focused us on five topic areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues. The theme for the 2019 event was “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”
Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s competition with a score of 461 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Christina Adams, Jacob Hair, Joey Kurincak, Ryan Swartz and Stephan Zacoi with team advisors Kevin Willis and Megan Patton will represent Greene County at the PA Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 21 and 22 at the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown.
Carmichaels Team #2, consisting of students Emily Zacoi, Brooke Watters, Elizabeth Matyus, Ainsley Chadwick and Braelyn Brozik with advisors Willis and Patton, earned second place with a score of 376 points.
The third-place team was Carmichaels Team #3, which included students David Phillips, Trenton Carter, Nicholas Sholtis, Scott Adams and Brady Jones with advisors Willis and Patton. The team earned 349 points.
The Greene County Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District and is funded through donations and grants from various businesses, agencies and individuals.
Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by donations from the donors and the Greene County Conservation District.
In addition to the continued financial support of sponsors, other partners that made the event successful include Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Phil Evans, Kimberlee Moninger, and Mike Hamilton, U.S.D.A. NRCS; Russ Gibbs, State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; Bill Wentzel, Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, District Associate Board Members; Michelle Roupe, Farm Service Agency; Eric Davis, PA Fish and Boat Commission. and Brandon Bonin and Chris Bence, PA Game Commission.
For more information on the Greene County Envirothon, call the Greene County Conservation District at 724-852-5278.
In the photo:
Pictured (l. to r.), front row: Coach Kevin Willis; Team #1 members and first-place winners Jacob Hair, Joey Kurincak, Ryan Swartz, Christina Adams and Stephen Zacoi; and Coach Megan Patton.
Back row: Team #3 members and third-place winners Trenton Carter, Scott Adams, David Phillips, Brady Jones and Nick Sholtis; and Team #2 members and second-place winners Elizabeth Matyus, Emily Zacoi, Brooke Watters, Braelyn Brozik and Ainsley Chadwick.
The students are pictured with Nate Regotti, representing state Rep. Pam Snyder; and Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader.