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Charter School of Wilmington takes
9th place at 2012 Canon Envirothon
DOVER (August 13, 2012) A five-member team of high school students from Charter School of Wilmington took ninth place in the Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest high school environmental competition, held during the last week of July. The announcement was made during the closing ceremony of the weeklong competition held at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc.
The team from the Charter School of Wilmington qualified to represent Delaware in the North American competition after placing first in the Delaware Envirothon competition held April 26.
More than 250 teenagers from 44 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory studied environmental issues and resource conservation, while competing for a share of more than $125,000 in scholarships and Canon products. The Canon Envirothon tests teams on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. Additionally, students must prepare and give an oral presentation based on the current issue. This year’s current issue was Nonpoint Source Pollution – Low Impact Development.
The week was full of activity with hardly a minute to spare. Sunday, the arrival day, included a team photo session, the opening ceremonies with a presentation of state/province flags followed by a team trading session. Monday was a full day of training and Tuesday was a full day of testing. After testing on Tuesday, the students were treated to a visit to a local amusement park to unwind.
It was back to work again on Wednesday as the students received training all morning on the current environmental issue, which gave them the information they needed to develop their oral presentations. Teams were then sequestered for eight and a half hours in order to prepare their oral presentations to be given the next morning.
The preliminary round of oral presentations began at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and ended at noon. After lunch, the top five teams of the preliminary round were announced and they gave their oral presentations a second time to a separate set of judges. From this score their overall placement was determined.
On Thursday evening Charter team members Karthik Siva, Claire Yang, Gina Wong, Jason Lui and Martin Kurian were each presented a $1,100 Canon scholarship and Canon camera during the closing ceremony and awards program for their ninth place finish. They were also honored with a plaque for their first place finish in the current environmental issue category.
“At a time when the conservation of natural resources is critically important to our planet, it is wonderful to see a large group of bright, dedicated students from across North America test their skills in a challenging environmental competition,“ said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. “This year was a very close competition and all of the students should be extremely proud of themselves and their effort.”
More than 500,000 students competed on the local level throughout North America during the past year to earn the privilege of representing their state, province or territory at the Canon Envirothon.
The Delaware Envirothon is sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts. Members of the planning committee represent: Delaware’s three conservation districts, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Delaware Forest Service, the Delaware Department of Agriculture; the University of Delaware - Cooperative Extension, Delaware Nature Society, and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority.
If you are interested in learning more about the Delaware Envirothon program, please visit www.delawareenvirothon.org.
For more highlights about the Canon Envirothon and for pictures from the 2012 event, please visit www.envirothon.org.
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