Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Delaware students to compete in state Envirothon on April 10
GREENVILLE (April 1, 2014) – Delaware students from around the state will meet at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville on Thursday, April 10 to compete in the 19th annual Delaware Envirothon. Eighty-five students, representing nine high schools, will compete for more than $5,700 in college scholarships and cash awards. Registration for the competition begins at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m.
The Envirothon is a team-based outdoor academic competition which challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, air quality, special environmental topics and public speaking. The special topic this year is focused on locally grown/sustainable agriculture.
This year’s teams come from the following high schools: A. I. DuPont High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Middletown High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Polytech High School, St. Thomas More Academy, and Sussex Tech High School. Four FFA teams will also represent Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, Middletown High School, Polytech High School, and Sussex Tech High School.
Hosted by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD), the Envirothon offers students monetary awards for their higher education purposes and commendable efforts. Seventeen teams, consisting of five students each, will compete for the top prize of $500 college scholarships. Second, third and fourth place teams will receive $300, $150 and $100 team awards, respectively, and all teams from first through seventh place receive additional cash awards.
The goal of the Delaware Envirothon is to prepare students to be future leaders in environmentally-related careers, and provide knowledge to them about the environment. The competition provides experience in real-world situations, which fosters sound decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Teams will be tested at outdoor eco-stations located throughout designated areas of the event site.
The DACD is a voluntary, non-profit association that coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus on natural resource issues identified by Delaware’s three local districts.
For more information on the Delaware Envirothon, please contact Rick Mickowski, Delaware Envirothon Chair, at 302-832-3100, ext. 113.
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