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Clear Spring High cleans up at Envirothon

School takes top three spots in competition

April 29, 2013
  • Clear Spring High School's team, The Trailblazers, took first place in the Washington County Envirothon. From left, George Phillips, supervisor of career technology programs for Washington County Public Schools, team members Ryan Yetter, Jordan Davis, Chance Younker, McKenzie Divelbiss, and Eric Yetter and coaches Cody Pine and Nathan Glenn.
Clear Spring High School's team, The Trailblazers, took first place in the Washington County Envirothon. From left, George Phillips, supervisor of career technology programs for Washington County Public Schools, team members Ryan Yetter, Jordan Davis, Chance Younker, McKenzie Divelbiss, and Eric Yetter and coaches Cody Pine and Nathan Glenn.

The 2013 Washington County Envirothon was held April 19 at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor Education Center at Fairview. Fourteen teams from Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg, and Washington County Technical High School were on hand for the competition. 

Students were tested with hands-on activities in soil science, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and “Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with Non-Agricultural uses on Montana Rangelands.”

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

George Phillips and Sandra Graff, representing Washington County Public Schools, presented the awards for the top three overall teams.

The Clear Spring Trailblazers placed first in the competition and also took top honors in Wildlife, Forestry, and Fifth Issue. The team will travel to the Maryland State Envirothon at Western Maryland 4-H Camp in Garrett County, Wednesday, June 19, through Thursday, June 20. 

Team members Ryan Yetter, Jordan Davis, Chance Younker, McKenzie Divelbiss and Eric Yetter, spent many hours preparing for the event and are looking forward to representing Washington County at the state level of competition. 

The Wilderness Wanderers from Clear Spring High School placed second with the  performance of team members Tyler Repp, Jimmy Rowland, Jenna Knable, Nick Lewis and Kenny Carrier.

The Saplings from Clear Spring High School placed third at the event. Team members were Kory Zeigler, Kyle Hammond, Jessi Faulkner, Amanda McPherson and Hunter Harshman.

The Clear Spring teams are coached by Cody Pine and Nathan Glenn.
The event is an educational outreach program of the Washington County Soil Conservation District in cooperation with Washington County Public Schools. 

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

Financial support came from the county soil district, Washington County Farm Bureau, Frederick Seibert and Associates, James Reed, C.R. Semler, and Paul Crampton Contractors.

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