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Clear Spring clear winners

School sweeps top three places in county Envirothon

School sweeps top three places in county Envirothon

April 03, 2007

Teams from Clear Spring High School swept the competition last week, winning all top three places in the 2007 Washington County Envirothon.

The top team was the Clear Spring Wilderness Wanderers, which also took top honors in Soils, and Alternative Energy.

Team members Casey McNamee, Allison Moore, Allen Mackey, J.D. Repp and Elliott Reid and will now compete in the Maryland State Envirothon at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, on June 19 to 21.

Clear Spring Envirothon coaches are Sue Lowery and Terrie Shank.

This year's countywide competition was March 26 at Fairview Outdoor Education Center.

In all, 10 teams from Boonsboro, Clear Spring and North Hagerstown high schools as well as representatives from the Log Cabin Learning Program for home school students competed.

Students were tested with hands-on activities in soil science, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and preserving cultural resources.

Banners for the top score in each area of study were presented, along with a framed wildlife print for school display for the top three scores overall.

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Also placing high in the competition were:

The Trail Blazers from Clear Spring, who won second place. Team members are Amy Ridenour, Brenna House, Adam Reid, Brett Hendershot and Adam Lipella. They turned in top scores in the Aquatics, Wildlife and Forestry study areas; and

The Tree Huggers, also from Clear Spring, won third place. Team members are Hannah House, Bob Hockenbury, Stefany Frey, Stephane Turner and Morgan Smith.

The county Envirothon is an educational outreach program of the Washington County Soil Conservation District in cooperation with the Washington County Public Schools.

Staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation and Maryland Department of Agriculture help train and test the student competitors.

Financial support comes from county Soil Conservation District, Clean Earth of Maryland, Frederick Seibert and Associates, Tuscarora Hardwoods, Paul Crampton Contractors, Civil Planning and Design and James Reed Excavating.

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