Stanley High School surges ahead of 500,000 competitors in Invasive Species at North America’s largest high school environmental education competition
Fredericton, NB July 29th, 2016 – It has been a remarkable week for New Brunswick natural resources with breaking news of millions of budworm moths descending on Campbellton, NB. Budworm is a natural species, intrinsic to New Brunswick’s ecology, yet the story dramatically pulls into focus the potential threat that a single organism can pose to natural resources. The importance of understanding and appreciating these natural ecosystems took centre stage for 5 New Brunswick students from Stanley, NB when the 2016 North American Envirothon competition closed with an award ceremony at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario on Thursday.
Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition and consists of winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces/territories competing by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. More than 500,000 students from 4,000 public and private high schools across North America participate. Only 250 students/year rise to the international level of competition each year.
The North American Envirothon competition is centered on four universal testing categories: Soils/land use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, and Wildlife. In addition, each year a 5th category is chosen by the host province or state for the competition that is reflective of local environmental issues. This year, host province Ontario selected Invasive Species as the 5th testing category. Stanley High School’s Envirothon team, representing New Brunswick this year, competed against teams from 42 states, 9 provinces and new to the competition, China, to win 1st place in the category of Invasive Species and 3rd place internationally in the mandatory oral competition—ranking them an astounding 11th place overall internationally out of 52 teams. The Village of Stanley, with its tiny population of 400 people, has become something of a phenom in the Envirothon competition at the provincial level with the high school attaining top placements each year for several years in a row.
During the rigorous five days in Peterborough, the 52 teams were tested on their knowledge and skills in an outdoor environment by rotating through testing stations where they complete written examinations. The oral presentation portion of the competition challenges teams to work together and communicate their solution to a current environmental issue in front of a panel of judges. The oral presentation topic is not revealed prior and teams have only 6.5 hours to prepare a presentation which was a management plan for the invasive species of concern to Ontario Great Lakes, the Silver Carp (also known as the Asian Carp).
To see complete results and event photos check out the envirothon.org website.
About the North American Envirothon Competition
Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. Each Year, 500,000 people from 4,000 public and private high schools across North America participate. The program was initiated more than 30 years ago in the United States. Envirothon is headquartered in Washington, D.C. In New Brunswick region, the program is administered under Science East Science Centre.
Washington, DC, August 1, 2016 – 52 student teams representing the United States and Canada, plus a guest team from China, put their skills to the test at the world’s largest high school-level natural resources education competition. Read more…
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