Stanwood High School’s Evirothon team, lead by advisor Ryan Ovenell, won first place in the State Envirothon Competition held at Camp Lutherwood in Whatcom County on May 19 and 20th. The team of five, including Jack Medlicott, Scott Weisse, Alexa Flem, Thor Pearson, and Andrew Salmon, will fly to the University of North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina in early August to compete against teams from all over the U.S. and Canada. This is the first time a Snohomish County team has won the right to go to the North American competition.
The five day event is sponsored by Canon and each member of the top ten teams win a Canon scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to be used for college expenses. Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental
education competition. High school youth study and compete on their
knowledge of five areas: soils/landuse, forestry, aquatic ecology,
wildlife and a current environmental issue. The 2009 environmental
issue, which requires each team to give an oral presentation, is
‘Biodiversity in a Changing World’.