Calvert 10th at national Envirothon competition
RALEIGH, N.C, — A five-member team of students from Calvert High School placed tenth out of 53 teams at the 2019 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon held at North Carolina State University on July 28-Aug. 2.
More than 250 teenagers from 45 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces — and an international high school from Shanghai — participated in one of North America’s largest high school environmental education competitions.
Throughout the competition, teams were tested on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue.
This year’s environmental issue was “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World.”
As part of the testing, teams were required to give an oral presentation on this year’s environmental issue.
The Calvert team scored consistently high across the board in all categories, missing the top score in forestry by just two points.
A copy of the final score sheet can be found online.
“Congratulations to the Calvert High School team for placing in the top 10 at this year’s 2019 National Envirothon competition,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “The leadership skills and scientific expertise of these students is remarkable. It is inspiring to see students from our state take such an interest in natural resources and agriculture.
“Thank you to the Calvert High School team for representing Maryland so well on a national stage.”
“I could not be more proud of these students,” said Chuck Gustin, the coach and advisor for the Calvert High School team. “We will take everything we have learned from our first national competition and apply it to our training for next year’s competitions.
“I am hopeful that with hard work and determination our team will yet again represent Calvert County at the state level and go on to represent Maryland nationally once again.”
During the past five years, Maryland teams have consistently placed in the top 20 percent at national competitions.
Established in 1990, the objectives of the Maryland Envirothon, which sends teams to the national competition, are twofold — to test students’ environmental knowledge and understanding of state resource issues, and to instill a desire to learn more about the natural world.
Winning teams compete at the local, state, and national levels.
The first Envirothon competition was held in Pennsylvania in 1988.
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