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Chardon High School Takes Top Honors at Envirothon
Ohio Ag Connection - 06/19/2017

A five-member team of students from Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, outscored 19 other teams at the 2017 Ohio Envirothon competition, held this past week at Ohio Christian University.

"The Envirothon is a great hands-on learning experience for high schools students, educating youth on the importance of protecting the future of our natural resources," said Emily Heppner , environmental education coordinator at the Ohio Department of Agriculture's (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation. "The Envirothon is also a great networking opportunity for students to meet other students from across the state, and it introduces them to potential career opportunities in the field of natural resource management."

The victorious Chardon High School students, under the leadership of teacher/advisor Marilyn Rohr are Nicholas Schragal, Jason Tysl, Richard Wainio, Emily Munoz, and Heather Humbert. As first place winners, the team receives $300 and a plaque.

The Wynford High School team from Crawford County took second place, and the Centerville School team from Montgomery County placed third. Over 300 teams of students from across the state participated in local and regional competitions to earn the opportunity to be one of the 20 teams competing at the state event. Last week, teams were tested on natural resource categories such as forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and soils and land use. The teams then gave oral presentations before a panel of judges based upon this year's current environmental issue: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

This year's competitors included Wynford, Fort Jennings, Miller City and Upper Sandusky from northwest Ohio; LaBrae, Crestwood, Chardon and Perry from northeast Ohio; Fort Frye, Granville, East Knox and Indian Valley from east- central Ohio; Bellefontaine, Centerville, Anna and Franklin from southeast Ohio; and Amanda Clearcreek, Chief Logan, Delaware Area Career Center and Lynchburg Clay from southwest Ohio.

Chardon will have the opportunity to compete at the NCF Envirothon the last week of July. The contest will be held at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. To learn more, visit www.envirothon.org/ or http://ofswcd.org/.

The Ohio Envirothon program is sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Ohio Department of Agriculture's Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Other major sponsors include Ohio Department of Natural Resource's Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, Ohio EPA's Environmental Education Fund, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources.

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