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Walkersville students take top honors at Envirothon

July 23, 2007

Placing first in this year's Maryland Envirothon, a five-member team of Walkersville (Md.) High School students surpassed more than 100 challengers from 19 counties, according to a Frederick County Public Schools press release.

Walkersville High School science teacher Sue Faibisch advised the winning students - Chris Higgs, Lindsay Keeney, Chris Keiser, Evelyn Michael and Hanna Poffenbarger.

The outdoor natural-resources competition was established in 1991 to test students' environmental knowledge and understanding of state resource issues, and to instill a desire to learn more about the natural world. Challenges required students to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve other complex natural-resource issues. Teams study Maryland's soils, aquatics, forestry and wildlife, and focus on an environmental issue that changes from year to year. This year's issue was renewable/alternative energy.

The event was held June 19 to 21 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Walkersville team was followed by teams from Carroll, Harford, Montgomery and Allegany counties. Winners received scholarship funds, wildlife prints, fleece vests and other prizes.

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The Walkersville team will represent Maryland in international competition July 29 to Aug. 4 at the Canon Envirothon in New York.

For more information, go to www.envirothon.org.

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