NRCS and NHACD Recognize NH Envirothon Team
Envirothon Team: Peter Murphy, Eileen Cormier, Rebecca Lebeaux, Adam Burnett, and Stephanie Bilodeal (not pictured).
Coach: Science teacher, Marshall Davenson.
Cheshire County Conservation District: Richard Mellor, Amanda Costello (not pictured).
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Rick Ellsmore, Steve Pytlik, Heidi Konesko, Peter Whitcomb
On September 16th, State Conservationist Rick Ellsmore, NHACD President Roger Noonan, District Conservationist Steve Pytlik, Soil Conservationist Heidi Konesko, and Soil Scientist and member of the NH Envirothon Steering Committee Peter Whitcomb honored Keene High School students and their coach for placing fourth nationally at the 2013 North American Envirothon Competition and first in the soils category. Also present was Richard Mellor from the Cheshire County Conservation District. The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts manages the NH Envirothon and NRCS employees Peter Whitcomb, Karen Dudley, Steve Pytlik, and Heidi Konesko, and New Hampshire Conservation District employees Amanda Costello, Richard Mellor, Lisa Morin, and Stacy Luke provided education, information, and support for the all the teams and the competition. Heidi Konesko met with this team prior to their trip to the national competition to teach them about grazing and sustainable rangeland management (the topic of this year's competition). Peter, Karen, Lisa and Stacy all helped with NH Envirothon soils training and judging, which contributed to the Keene team's first-in-the-nation showing in this category. The NHACD, with NRCS help, also hosts an annual NH Soil Judging Competition which provides training and competition experience for high school students before the NH Envirothon.
Ellsmore said, "These students and teacher have done a tremendous job. The Envirothon is a remarkable hands-on conservation learning experience for hundreds of NH teenagers. We look forward to helping a NH team take first place next year when the topic will be 'Sustainable Agriculture', an area where New Hampshire is a national leader!" Roger Noonan, NHACD President added, "The NHACD is proud to support and run the New Hampshire Envirothon for so many years. Without the remarkable efforts of NH's Conservation Districts, this terrific program would not be available to NH's high school students."
The Envirothon is an academic competition that tests students' knowledge of wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and environmental issues.
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