COLUMBUS, OH - A five-member team of students from Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, has earned a fourth place finish out of 54 teams at the 2012 Canon Envirothon. This event is a week-long environmental education competition sponsored by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The winning team was announced during the closing ceremonies at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., on Thursday, July 26.
"The Envirothon is a great hands-on learning experience for high schools students, educating youth on the importance of protecting the future of our natural resources," said Jeanne Russell, environmental education coordinator at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources. "The Envirothon is also a great networking opportunity for students to meet other students from across the United States and Canada. It also introduces them to potential career opportunities in the field of natural resources management."
Teams from across 44 states, nine Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory completed training and testing in natural resource categories such as forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and soils and land use. Every year an additional topic is incorporated into the competition based upon a current environmental issue. This year's topic was: Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development.
At stake for each team was a share of $120,000 in scholarships and Canon products. Winning teams were selected based on points earned from hands-on field-testing, written tests and oral presentations. The first-place team was Pembroke High School from Kansas City, Mo., and they received a total of $25,000 in Canon scholarships. West Hill Secondary School from Owen Sound, Ontario, received $20,000, and Enloe High School from Raleigh, N.C. received $15,000, and placed second and third, respectively. The fourth place team, Chardon High School, received $10,000, and the fifth place team, the Mount Academy from Orange County, N.Y., received $7,500.
Since 1997, Canon U.S.A. has been the title sponsor of this annual North American competition. The Envirothon is the culmination of a series of competitions that began during the past school year and included more than 500,000 high school students throughout North America. Starting at the local level, winning teams from schools and organizations competed in written tests and oral presentations for the distinction of representing their state, province or territory at the Envirothon. In addition to the Canon Envirothon, Canon U.S.A. supports a wide range of environmental, education and youth programs. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/environment
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Envirothon competition. To learn more, visit www.envirothon.org
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.
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Photo Cutline: The Chardon High School team of Chardon, Ohio, earned fourth place at the Canon Envirothon against 53 other teams. Pictured are: Advisor Marilyn Rohr, Kirsten Tysl, Captain Kim Savides, Will Porter, Anna Parker and Sarah Cunningham.