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2012 Envirothon Competition Awards

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               

CONTACT:  Walter Marshall
 Public Affairs Specialist
 walter.marshall@ri.usda.gov
401-822-8816
Deb
Went
Envirothon Coordinator
RI Envirothon, Inc.
dwent2@verizon.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                    

U.S. Senator Whitehouse poses with first place team from The Wheeler School

2012 Annual Rhode Island Envirothon Competition at
Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, RI; U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Presented at Awards Ceremony

Students examine marine life at aquatics stationWarwick, RI (May 23, 2012) Rhode Island Envirothon, Inc. held its annual competition on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, RI.  This one-day event marked the culmination of a year of dedicated, hard work by high school students from around the State who competed in teams of five to address environmental issues in four subject areas which include aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use, plus one special environmental issue which changes annually. For 2012, the environmental issue was the 'Low Impact Development and Nonpoint Pollution'. Six high schools participated in the competition with a total of 12 teams. The high schools included The Blackstone Academy, Coventry High School, The Greene School, Narragansett High School, Scituate High School, and The Wheeler School.

This year, it was a great honor to have U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse present at the awards ceremony where he commended the student who participated in the event and highlighted the importance in addressing environmental issues in Rhode Island. The winning team ranking in first place was from The Wheeler School which will represent Rhode Island in the Canon North American Envirothon which will take place in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on July 22-27, 2012. Teams from Narragansett High School and Coventry High School ranked second and third, respectively, in the competition.U.S. Senator Whitehouse speaks to students at the competition

Students examine wildlife specimensEnvirothon is an environmental education program available to high school students where they take classes and participate in workshops on subjects including aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils and land use. The mission of RI Envirothon, Inc. is to cultivate a desire in students to learn more about our natural environment, develop a greater appreciation of our dependence on the environment, and promote a sense of personal stewardship of natural resources to enhance the quality of life for all in Rhode Island. Each year, the one-day competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge working in teams of five to address various environmental challenges