Blue Ridge Dominates Envirothon Contest
The Susquehanna County Conservation District is pleased to announce that the Blue Ridge High School team “Mighty Tines” has won this year’s Susquehanna County Envirothon. The winning score of 385 points will allow Envirothon Advisor Ed Price and co-advisor Trudi Hepler to take their winning team to University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for the State Envirothon Competition.
Teammates Ethan Mansfield, Alex Dennis, Kevin McCarey, Mitchell Wages and Brett Hepler studied aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and the current issue; low impact development, throughout the school year to be so successful at this competition. The team dominated the individual disciplines with the high score in four out five categories. Blue Ridge also had the 2nd and 3rd place teams. The second place team, “Canus Lupus” finished 57 points behind the winners.
This year’s County Envirothon was held at Camp Archbald on May 3rd and hosted 135 students from all six of the County’s High Schools. Representatives from the Fish & Boat Commission, DEP, NRCS, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and PA Game Commission help make this competition a success by working with the students throughout the school year and by giving out the exam the day of the Envirothon. Susquehanna County Conservation District sponsors the event and had a lunch and prizes for the students. Sen. Gene Yaw’s executive assistant “Arnie” Kriner and Rep. Tina Pickett’s assistant Justin Krise gave the teams their awards.
The 2012 County Envirothon was successful with the help of the following sponsors: Chesapeake Energy, Talisman Energy, PA Trappers Association, Peoples Neighborhood Bank, JHA Companies, Forest Lake Township, The Shelly Family in memory of Robert M. Shelly, The Susquehanna County Commissioners (Alan Hall, Mike Giangrieco and Maryann Warren), Hepler Beef, Susquehanna County Forest Landowners, Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, Hepco Quarries, The Florence Shelly Preserve, Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Andre & Son, Inc, Clauser Environmental, LLC, Bill Zick and Family, the Stuart Slocum Family, Lloyd Putt and Thomas Nebzydoski. Thank you all for the work you did to make the Susquehanna County Envirothon a success!