envirothon_students.jpgA team of Stanwood High School students earned first place out of teams from several counties across the state during the recent Envirothon contest at the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue.

The team, consisting of Scott Weisse, Andrew Salmon, Thor Pearson, Jack Medlicott and Alexa Flem, was tested on their knowledge of forestry, wildlife, soil/land use, aquatic ecology, and current environmental issues where they earned first place in the overall contest and first place out of Snohomish County teams.

Third-year participant Scott Weisse said, “This is a really great learning opportunity that connect the classroom with career based experiences, now I just hope we make another great showing at state to advance us to nationals.”

The team will compete against the winning team from each participating county within the state on May 19-20 at the Lutherwood Camp on Lake Samish. The winning team will advance to the national competition in North Carolina.

Stanwood High School Career and Technical Education teacher Ryan Ovenell accompanied 35 Stanwood students to the competition.  The Envirothon competition began in 1979 by the Pennsylvania Soil and Water Conservation Districts, to develop and test the student’s knowledge in the topics of forestry, wildlife, soil/land use, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. The competition eventually developed into an international competition currently sponsored by Canon U.S.A. The competition includes more than 500,000 student participants across the United States and Canadian Provinces.