Over 450 students and teachers from 18 Southwest Ohio counties, including Madison County, traveled to Possum Creek Metro Park in Montgomery County to compete in the Area IV Envirothon on Tuesday, April 24.
The Envirothon is an environmental high school competition designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources among high school students. Students compete in the areas of aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils and current environmental issues. The questions are designed by experts in the fields from the Natural Resources Conservation Services, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Students learn environmental concepts within the classroom, and by taking the classroom outside, the concepts become tangible and experiential.
Madison County was represented by three teams each from West Jefferson, Madison-Plains and Jonathan Alder High Schools, for a total of nine teams. West Jefferson Team No. 3, represented by Payton Taylor, Bailey Adkins, Karli Graham, Mark Woodard and Caleb Arteaga, was the top ranked team in the county, placing 11th out of 92 teams overall. Their advisor was Mike Harkleroad. They will be recognized at the Madison Soil and Water Conservation Award Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 15 with a rotating plaque.
“The Envirothon is a great way for students to interact with professionals in the field of natural resources and learn about career opportunities in the outdoors,” said Julia Cumming, Program Administrator for the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District. “We support the local high schools by providing an outdoor training day at the Gwynne Conservation Area and we thank the Madison Conservation Foundation for sponsoring the team T-shirts.”
To learn more about the Envirothon or to view photos from this year’s event, visit the Area IV website at www.areaivenvirothon.org. For more information on the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District and its involvement in the Envirothon, contact Julia Cumming at 740-852-4003.
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