Rigby High School Envirothon Team Wins State Competition

Yesterday, the Rigby High School Envirothon team won the 2011 Idaho Enviorthon.  In July, the team will travel to Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada to compete in the Canon Envirothon Competition July 24 to 29.   The team is made up of team captain Joseph Hale, Tanner Fonnesbeck, Chase Hines, Luke Bigelow, Preston Caldwell, and their advisor Joh Hogge.  They were sponsored by the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Our state Envirothon program is a hands-on, natural resources competition for high school students,” Randy Purser, President of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts said.  “We use our conservation partnerships and bring in environmental scientists and experts to teach young men and women the vital balance of conservation and land usage.  I’m very proud of all the teams that participated, and I expect the Rigby team to do very well at the international competition in July.”

“Our team put dozens of hours into study for this competition, and I credit our team captain Joe Hale for leading the team,” Jon Hogge, Rigby High School’s advisor said.  “Our speech program at Rigby High, as well as the numerous FFA competitions the team has participated in has truly honed our competitive skills.  Our team knows how to win, and we’ll be putting in more study hours and additional preparation over the next few months.  The international competition will be at a high level, and we want to represent Idaho as best as we can.”

Fourteen teams participated in this year’s Envirothon, with each team being made up of five to six students, plus one advisor.  Also, nearly 50 volunteers and instructors donated their time to teach lessons, correct exams, and assist teams.  The top five finishers were: Rigby High School, Mackay High School, Gooding High School, Jerome High School and Challis High School.

Canon Envirothon is a not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America.  The program consists of the annual Canon Envirothon Competition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  The competition is centered on four universal testing categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.  This year’s issue is Salt and Fresh Water Estuaries.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors, and the soil and water conservation districts throughout Idaho for their continued support and donations,” Purser said.  “The conservation districts in our state have a long history of working with their local schools to encourage participation in the state Envirothon program.  Without them, we would not have a successful Envirothon year after year.”

IASCD wants to thank the following businesses for their financial contribution to this year’s state competition: Agrium, the Bureau of Land Management, CHS, IASCD Auxiliary, Idaho Barley Commission, Idaho District Employees Association, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, Idaho Grain Producers, Idaho Mining Association, Idaho Power Company, Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Monsanto, National Wild Turkey Federation (Idaho Chapter), Natural Resources Conservation Service, JR Simplot, Thompson Creek Mining Company and the United Dairymen of Idaho.

Sponsored by the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District

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