Harrisonburg, Va.-Williamsburg-James City County's Jamestown High School placed SECOND overall in Virginia's 2016 Dominion Envirothon State Competition, held at Eastern Mennonite University on May 15th-16th. Jamestown High School's Envirothon Team defeated 15 other winning teams from regional competitions, and a total of more than 200 high school teams throughout Virginia, to earn this outstanding placement. The Jamestown Team represents, and is sponsored and assisted by, the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District.
Pictured below, from left to right, the Jamestown team consists of Coach, Charlie Dubay, Rachel Smith, President, Elizabeth Horley, team Co-Captain, YuBin Kang, Audrey Root, team Co-Captain, Anna Song, Joanna Stathopoulos, Coach, Rebecca Elton, and Vice-President, Elsa Barrientos. At the right end are Dr. Kendall Tyree, Director of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Beth Beran, its Education Director. Not Pictured are Coaches John Leone and Sharon Green.
"The Envirothon often becomes a lifestyle for students and goes beyond competitions and school meetings-it encourages students to be actively engaged in the environment around them at all times, whether through current issues in their hometown, statewide environmental disasters, or just an appreciation for the wildlife and trees in their own backyard," said Beth Beran, VA Association of Soil & Water Conservation District's Education & Training Coordinator. "Students leave this program as responsible citizens and stewards of the environment and the world needs more people like them."
Dominion' s Envirothon features Virginia's finest high school students as they compete in five "in-the-field" test stations - soils, wildlife, aquatics, forestry and a current environmental issue - where teams answer questions in both written and hands-on formats. During an oral presentation, teams brief their solution to the current environmental issue before industry and natural resource professionals who serve as judges. The environmental issue for this year is 'Invasive Species.' The Virginia portion of the North American Envirothon is run by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) and Virginia's 47 local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
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