Delaware Students to Compete in State Envirothon on May 1

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More than 75 students from around the state will converge at the Blackbird State Forest Education Center in New Castle County on Thursday, May 1 to compete in the 13th Annual Delaware Envirothon. These students, representing seven high schools and 4-H clubs, will compete for more than $3,000 in college scholarships and awards. Registration for the competition starts at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

The Envirothon is a team-based outdoor academic competition which challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, special environmental topics and public speaking. This year’s teams come from A. I. DuPont High School, Archmere Academy, Charter School of Wilmington, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, St. Elizabeth’s High School, Polytech High School, Kent County 4-H and Sussex Tech High School.

Sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD), the Envirothon offers students monetary awards for higher education purposes and for their commendable efforts. Fourteen teams will compete for an annual $3,000 renewable four-year scholarship to attend Wesley College in Dover and a $500 college scholarship from the Delaware Envirothon. Second and third place teams will receive $300 and $150 awards, respectively. The winning team will also advance to represent Delaware in the 2008 Canon Envirothon at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., from July 28- Aug. 3.

The goal of the Delaware Envirothon is to prepare students to be future leaders in environmentally related careers, and provide knowledge about our environment. The competition provides experience in real world situations, which fosters sound decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Teams will be tested at outdoor eco-stations, located throughout designated areas of the forest site.

The DACD is a voluntary, non-profit association that coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus on natural resource issues identified by Delaware’s three local districts.

To learn more about the Delaware Envirothon or the Canon Envirothon, please visit www.delawareenvirothon.org or www.envirothon.org,  or contact Rick Mickowski at 302-602-2664.

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