Five students from United High School won the 27th annual Envirothon sponsored by the Indiana County Conservation District recently at Blue Spruce Park.
Winners were Jesse Isenberg, Bria Persaud, Paige Henry, Stephanie Walters and Isaac Grove. Each will receive a $500 education grant to be used toward post-secondary education and will represent Indiana County at the State Envirothon later this month.
Seventy-five students from Marion Center, Penns Manor, Saltsburg and United high schools took part in the competition, held this year at Blue Spruce Park.
Students began preparing months ago by studying materials developed to align with Pennsylvania Department of Education Assessment Anchors. At the competition, teams of five rotated through five stations: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and a current environmental issue.
The stations were staffed by personnel from various cooperating agencies. Not only did these experts provide assistance with preparing and administering tests, they also provided an opportunity for students to become familiar with and interact with different organizations and agencies that work to protect natural resources at the local level.
The Envirothon emphasizes the importance of environmental sensitivity while stressing a need to achieve a social, ecologic and economic balance in life.
PHOTO: County Commissioner David Frick congratulated the winners of the recent Envirothon. From left, they are Jesse Isenberg, Bria Persaud, Paige Henry, Stephanie Walters and Isaac Grove. (Submitted photo)