Thursday, April 28, 2022

Westmoreland Conservation District: Norwin High School Team One Wins County Envirothon Competition

On April 28, the
Westmoreland County Conservation District announced Norwin High School - Team One bested 18 other teams from eight area high schools to take first place in the Westmoreland County Envirothon.

The winning team included Allison Shon, Kourtney Byers, Joyce Muchoney (advisor), Aidan Conroy, Jackson Apgar, Jenna McGuiness.

The winning team from Norwin High School will go on to represent Westmoreland County in the state Envirothon, which will be held in May as a hybrid competition.

Rounding out the winning teams in the Westmoreland County competition were--

-- Second Place: Kiski Area High School -  Mason Ross, Lindsey Zera, Payton Sullivan, Megan Hastings, Katelyn Bombalski and Alison Bresnahan (advisor); and

-- Third Place: Greensburg Salem High School, Team One - Dwight Sarver, Jeremiah Ewing, Raeann Record, Romilleigh Donovan and Angelo Testa (advisor).

The natural-resource challenge was sponsored by the Westmoreland Conservation District and held at Twin Lakes Park, Greensburg.

Students proved their knowledge of the environment by measuring trees, interpreting maps, identifying birds, and exploring the nuances of a current issue: how to sustainably manage the waste that society creates.

Nearly 100 area high school students took part in the event, which has not been held in-person, outdoors for two years due to the pandemic.

The Westmoreland Conservation District has sponsored the Westmoreland County Envirothon every year since 1986.  

The District’s partners in this effort include: the Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Sponsors of this year’s event are Smithfield Foods; Apex Energy, LLC; and the Pennsylvania Envirothon, Inc.

For more information on programs, initiatives, assistance for landowners, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Westmoreland County Conservation District website.

[Posted: April 28, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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