Clear Spring High team wins Washington County Envirothon

April 24, 2012
  • The first-place Trailblazers from Clear Spring High include, from left, Todd Welch, Crystal Welling, Kenny Carrier, Eric Yetter, Chance Younker and Coach Susan Lowery. Not pictured: Coach Terri Shank.
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The 2012 Washington County Envirothon was held April 20 at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor Education Center at Fairview. 

Ten teams from Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Smithsburg were on hand for the competition. 

Students were tested with hands-on activities in soil science, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and a fifth issue: “Non-point Source Pollution/Low Impact Development.”

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

Don Spickler and Ginger Noble, both of Washington County Soil Conservation District, presented the top overall award. Clyde Harrell, Washington County Public Schools’ director of curriculum and instruction, presented the awards for the second overall team. Sandra Graff, Washington County Public Schools’ supervisor of science, presented the third top overall award. 

The Clear Spring Trailblazers placed first in the competition and also took top honors in wildlife, soils, aquatics and forestry. 

The team will compete in the Maryland State Envirothon scheduled for June 20 and 21 at Saint James School. 

Trailblazers team members Todd Welch, Crystal Welling, Kenny Carrier, Eric Yetter and Chance Yetter spent many hours preparing for the event and are looking forward to representing Washington County at the state competition. 

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

The Wilderness Wanderers from Clear Spring High placed second with the  performance of team members Jordan Davis, Ryan Yetter, McKenzie Divelbiss and Ryan Burcker. The team also took top honors in the fifth issue. 

The Maple Tappers from Boonsboro High School placed third at the event. Team members were Jennifer Baines, Miranda Ancell, Shelby Griffith, Valerie Mason and Kristina Eikens.

The envirothon is an educational outreach program of the county soil conservation district in cooperation with Washington County Public Schools. 

Staff from the county soil conservation district, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation and Maryland Department of Agriculture provided resource professionals for training and testing of participants. 

Financial support was provided by the county soil conservation district, Frederick Seibert and Associates, Tuscarora Hardwoods, James Reed and C.R. Semler.

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