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Carroll County team takes third at international Envirothon

August 17, 2009

ANNAPOLIS -- A five-member team of Carroll County students placed third in the international Canon Envirothon behind first-place Penncrest High School of Pennsylvania and second- place West Johnston High School from North Carolina.

The team from Carroll County was named Venturing Crew 202.

More than 260 teenagers from 45 states and seven Canadian provinces met at the University of North Carolina - Asheville, from Aug. 2 to 8, to participate as finalists in one of North America's largest high school environmental education competitions, the 2009 Canon Envirothon.

Throughout the competition, teams were tested on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. This year's current issue topic for the competition was Biodiversity in a Changing World. Students analyzed the long-term and short-term impact of natural environmental occurrences, and human activities on genes, species and ecosystems relative to how each might influence or directly impact their future.

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"Congratulations to Venturing Crew 202 and all of the other teams that participated in the 2009 Canon Envirothon," said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. "With the strong leadership and scientific expertise of these students, the outlook for our natural resources and agricultural industry is indeed smart, green and growing."

During the past five years, Maryland teams have consistently placed in the top 10 percent at national competitions.

Established in 1991, the objectives of the Maryland Envirothon, which feeds into the Canon Envirothon competition, are twofold -- to test students' environmental knowledge and understanding of state resource issues, and to instill a desire to learn more about the natural world. Teams compete at the local, state and international levels. The first Envirothon competition was held in Pennsylvania in 1979. Since then, more than 30 states, Canada and Australia have embraced the program and sent teams to the international competition.

The Maryland Envirothon is sponsored by the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the State Soil Conservation Committee.

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