Armstrong County Envirothon Held at Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center

Posted on 5/2/2017 2:23:51 PM

The 12th Armstrong County Envirothon was held at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center on April 26, 2017. Ten teams of high school students from Armstrong High School, Apollo-Ridge High School, Leechburg High School, Lenape Tech School, and West Shamokin Junior/Senior High School competed against each other in the event. 

The Envirothon is designed to give students an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate their knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to each other and human activities. The students are challenged in the areas of aquatic ecology, forestry, soil/land use, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2017 current environmental issue was “Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.”  

Technical expertise was provided by the following individuals: Grover Pegg and Karlee Kocon (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) at the Aquatics station; Gary Fujak and Rod Burns (Pennsylvania Game Commission) at the Wildlife station; Laurel Hoffman (Kittanning NRCS) at the Soils and Land Use station; Holly Travis (IUP) at the Current Issue station; and John Brundege (DCNR) at the Forestry station.

Financial sponsors of the 2017 Envirothon are the Arrowhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Young & Associates, Jescar, LLC, Nextier Bank, Armstrong Sportsman League, Cowanshannock Creek Watershed, Crooked Creek Watershed, Bankson Engineers Inc., Roaring Run Watershed, J. H. Hickman Surveying, Keystone Station, Elderton State Bank, EQT Foundation, Senate Engineering, and Apex Energy, LLC. Ford City Subway donated lunches to the students and volunteers.

The West Shamokin High School winning team will represent Armstrong County at the Pennsylvania State Envirothon at University of Pittsburgh Johnstown on May 23 and 24, 2017.

Ethan Adamson, Emily Cornman, Melody Trudgen (front with plaque), Matt Petras, and Sydney Dailey

First Place: West Shamokin High School, The Mighty Chondria
Left to Right: Ethan Adamson, Emily Cornman, Melody Trudgen (front with plaque), Matt Petras, and Sydney Dailey

Cole Wolfe, Mike Kunst, Cole Hickman, Josh Bowser, Mallory Bearer

Second Place: Armstrong High School, Armstrong Riverhicks
Left to Right: Cole Wolfe, Mike Kunst, Cole Hickman, Josh Bowser, Mallory Bearer

Elizabeth Schawl, Megan Slagle, and Laurie Enders

Third Place Team: Armstrong High School, Earth Warriors
Left to Right: Elizabeth Schawl, Megan Slagle, and Laurie Enders 

Department of Biology