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Wilmington Charter School Team C wins in Delaware

by | May 14, 2021

Wilmington Charter School Team C members are, top row: Darren Wu and Shriya Boyapati; middle row: Joanna Tan and Meghna Raj Annasagaram, and bottom: Amogh Baradwaj. (Image courtesy Delaware Department of Natural Resources)

DOVER, Del. — Charter School of Wilmington Team C won the 2021 Delaware Envirothon, an annual environmental and natural resources education competition for high school students sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts in partnership with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The team also placed first in the competition’s Forestry, Soils Test and Air Quality categories.
Charter School of Wilmington Team A finished second and Charter School of Wilmington Team B placed third out of 10 teams participating in this year’s competition.
In addition to the three Charter School of Wilmington teams, other teams represented Calvary Christian Academy in Dover, Middletown High School FFA, Newark Charter School, Odessa High School FFA, and the Peach Blossom 4-H team from Kent County. Charter School of Wilmington Team B placed first in the Aquatic and Wildlife categories and The Peach Blossom 4-H Team placed first in Oral Presentation.
Instead of an in-person competition, students competed virtually over the course of four days. Each team answered questions on topics dealing with aquatic ecology, soils/land-use, wildlife, forestry, air quality, and the current environmental issue, “Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions.”
“Pivoting to a virtual event was a challenge for both the resource experts and for the team advisors and students,” said Rick Mickowski, Delaware Envirothon chairman. “We appreciate the time and effort of everyone to work out the details of holding all virtual activities.”
In addition to taking a virtual test on the topics of air quality, aquatic ecology, forestry, soils, wildlife, and the current issue of water resources management, each team prepared a recorded power point presentation for judging on April 22.
The Delaware Envirothon marked its 25th anniversary in 2020 but will celebrate in 2021 due to last year’s event cancellation.
Charter School of Wilmington Team C will now represent Delaware in the virtual 2021 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon out of Lincoln, Neb., at the end of July.
Each member of the winning team earned a $500 college scholarship from the Delaware Envirothon.
The winning team will also receive an award plaque for their school. The second through seventh place teams received more than $1,300 in special team awards and cash prizes. Special cash awards totaling $450 were provided to the top three Forestry teams by the Delaware Forestry Association.

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