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Carroll County team wins annual Maryland Envirothon

Washington County team finishes in fourth place

Washington County team finishes in fourth place

July 07, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - A five-member team of high school students from Venturing Crew 202 of Carroll County is the winner of the 19th annual Maryland Envirothon.

The Envirothon is an outdoor natural resources competition that challenges students to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve other complex natural resource issues. More than 100 challengers from 19 counties across Maryland and Baltimore City took part in this year's competition. The event was June 16 to 18 at Mount St. Mary's University in Frederick County, Md.

As winners of the Maryland Envirothon, Venturing Crew 202 of Carroll County team members Eric Spioch, Ranson Leland Baldwin VII, Rebecca Baldwin, Eric Kazyak, Reed Portney and Kelly Habicht will represent the state at the 2009 Canon Envirothon, which will be held at University of North Carolina at Asheville from Aug. 2 to 8. The students will be accompanied by teachers/advisers Paul Kazyak and Deborah Portney.

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At this year's competition, the Carroll County team scored 456.50 points out of a possible 500. They were followed by teams from Harford County (445.50 points), St. Mary's County (435 points), Washington County (428) and Howard County (425.50) points.

Members of the top three teams were awarded scholarships ranging from $200 to $500 through the Chaney Foundation Scholarship program. In addition, winning team members received wildlife prints, Maryland Envirothon denim shirt and other prizes.

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