Clear Spring team takes first place in Washington County Envirothon

May 06, 2008

The 2008 Washington County Envirothon was held March 26 at the Fairview Outdoor Education Center.

Nine teams from Boonsboro, Clear Spring and North Hagerstown as well as representatives from the Log Cabin Learning Program for home-schooled students were on hand for the competition.

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.

The Clear Spring Trailblazers placed first in the competition and also took top honors in Aquatics, Soils, and 5th Issue: Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources."


The team will travel to the Maryland State Envirothon at the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center in Harford County Tuesday, June 17, through Thursday, June 19.

Team members, Adam Lipella, Bob Hockenberry, Adam Reid, Brett Hendershot and Amy Ridenour, spent many hours preparing for the event and are looking forward to representing Washington County at the state level.

Clear Spring Envirothon coaches Sue Lowery and Terrie Shank said they are very proud of their team's performance at this year's event.

The Wilderness Wanderers from Clear Spring placed second with the performance of team members Elliottt Reid, Casey McNamee, J. D. Repp, Allison Moore and Allen Mackey. Team members turned in top scores in the Forestry and Wildlife study areas.

The Warriors II from Boonsboro, placed third at the event. Team members were Harrison Hafer, Elizabeth Cline, Katie Farr, Ruthann Mullendore and Kris Palmer.

The Washington County Envirothon is an educational outreach program of the Washington County Soil Conservation District in cooperation with 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 provide resource professionals for training and testing of participants. Financial support comes from the Washington County Soil Conservation District, Frederick Seibert and Associates, Paul Crampton Contractors and Tuscarora Hardwoods.

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