Envirothon


NEW MEXICO HOT SPRINGS SCAT CATS PLACE 3rd IN NATIONAL 

ENVIROTHON COMPETITION AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY IN 

EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND.  

CONGRATULATIONS HOT SPRINGS SCAT CATS!!!

54 student teams representing the United States, Canada, and China put their skills to the test at the world’s largest high school-level natural resources education competition.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 – A five-member team of high school students from Pennsylvania has been named the winner of the 2017 NCF-Envirothon, a leading environmental education program run by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF). The Hot Springs Scat Cats from Truth or Consequences, NM place third in the National competition and were awarded $5,000.  The top three scoring teams were awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Friday.

The 2017 NCF-Envirothon’s cash prizes were sponsored by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and processor. Other event sponsors included the National Association of Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and other organizations recognized here on the official NCF-Envirothon website.

This year, high schools from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces, and two Chinese provinces participated in the NCF-Envirothon at the state/provincial, regional, and international levels.

 “This year’s competitors blew the judges away with their advanced critical thinking skills and mastery of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship.” 

The top three teams from the 2017 NCF-Envirothon are:

Place

High School

City/County

State/Province

1st

Pencrest High School

Media, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

2nd

The Mount Academy

Esopus, New York

New York

3rd

Hot Springs High School

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

New Mexico


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The NM 2017 Envirothon winners, the Sierra Scat Cats, participated in the Region III and VI meeting in June in Elephant Butte.



2017 New Mexico Envirothon, April 21-23, 2017

Location:  El Porvenir Christian Camp, Montezuma, NM

Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem solving competition for high school-age students in the United States and Canada. Participating teams compete in five natural resource categories: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues.

Teams of 5 students must prepare themselves for this two-day outdoor competition held in April. Teams work to answer natural resource questions and develop solutions to environmental problems.

The New Mexico Envirothon consists of two components. At the outdoor competition, students conduct a series of in-field investigations followed by testing, which includes multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions in each of the five subject areas. Second, the oral presentation component presents students with a real-world resource problem. They must develop a management strategy to address the problem and present their solution to a panel of judges.

We are actively searching for volunteers. Learn more- contact Peter Vigil at tswcd@newmex.com work: 575-751-0584 or cell: 575-770-5124.

Please visit the NCF-Envirothon website at http://www.envirothon.org/ or click on the icon below to learn more about North American Envirothon

Make sure to see the score sheet to see how well the 2016 New Mexico first place team did in the North American Competition!

 




2017  NCF- Envirothon  
Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 23 - July 29, 2017