Contact: Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-535-7627 or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Delaware students to compete in state Envirothon on April 26
DOVER (April 20, 2012) - Delaware students from around the state will meet on April 26 at The Villages of Five Points in Lewes to compete in the 17th Annual Delaware Envirothon. This is the first time in Envirothon history that the event will take place in an urban setting. Seventy students, representing eight high schools and two Future Farmers of America (FFA) clubs, will compete for more than $3,000 in college scholarships and awards.
The Envirothon is a team-based outdoor academic competition which challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, air quality, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, special environmental topics and public speaking. This year’s teams come from the following schools and clubs: A. I. DuPont High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Smyrna High School, Polytech High School, Sussex Tech High School, Polytech FFA, and Hodgson Vo-Tech FFA.
Hosted by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD), the Envirothon offers students monetary awards for their higher education purposes and for their commendable environmental efforts. Fourteen teams, consisting of five students, will compete for an annual $3,000 renewable four-year scholarship to attend Wesley College in Dover. Second, third and fourth place teams will receive $300, $150 and $100 team awards, respectively. The winning team will also advance to represent Delaware in the 2012 Canon Envirothon at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., from July 22 to 28.
The goal of the Delaware Envirothon is to prepare students to be future leaders in environmentally-related careers, and make them more knowledgeable about our 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.
Registration for the competition begins at 8:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony will begin around 1:30 p.m.
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 and the Canon Envirothon, please contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9921.Vol. 42, No. 146