High school students gathered recently to compete in the annual Texas Envirothon competition which challenges studentsï¿½ knowledge in environmental and natural resources.
Taking top honors was Team B from College Park Academy of Science and Technology of The Woodlands. Annie Flynn, Jessica Fox, Emily Powell, Jeanette Ferrana and Megan Myers made up the winning team. The team will have the honor of representing Texas at the national Canon Envirothon competition to be held this summer in California.
In second place was Team A from College Park Academy of Science and Technology of The Woodlands. The third place winning team was Team A from The John Cooper High School of The Woodlands.
Seven schools were represented by 11 teams of five students each. Students were from schools in Houston, San Antonio, The Woodlands, Tyler and Rio Hondo. Teams answered questions in five areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and environmental issues, such as protection of groundwater through planning. There also was an oral component of the competition which focused on a current environmental problem.
Students also had an opportunity to attend training workshops presented by professionals from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Institute of Houston, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Forest Service and Eastman Chemical Company.
Dennis Brezina presents a training workshop focused on soils to students from College Park Academy of Science and Technology of The Woodlands.
Wendy Reistle presents Michelle Holyfield and Alex Stanton of Eastman Chemical Company with a gold sponsor award.