Gooding High School Envirothon Team Wins State Competition

BOISE, IDAHO – On Tuesday, May 8 2012, the Gooding High School Envirothon team won the 2012 Idaho Enviorthon.  In July, the team will travel to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania to compete in the Canon Envirothon Competition July 22 to 27, 2012.   The team is made up of team captain Emma Fredericksen, Zackery Kast, Francisco Garcia, Oran Agee, Amanda Richards and their advisers Becky and David Freiberg.  They were sponsored by the Wood River Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Envirothon is a hands-on, natural resource competition for high school students,” Kit Tillotson, President of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts said.  “IASCD leverages our partnership to bring in environmental scientists and natural resource experts to teach young men and women the vital balance of conservation and land usage.  I want to thank all of our sponsors, and the soil and water conservation districts throughout Idaho for their continued support and donations.”

“These kids represent the new generation of environmental problem solvers, and competitions like this help sharpen their skills and steer them toward the career areas they are most interested in,” Becky Freiberg, advisor to the Gooding team said.  “The opportunity for these kids to compete and provide solutions to natural resource problems in Idaho helps them shape their own futures as well as contribute to a better future for all of us.  Thanks to Gooding High School, IASCD, the local soil conservation districts, and the Bureau of Land Management’s ‘Take it Outside Program’ for their support”

“This contest is all about learning how to provide for the needs of the people, while maintaining the integrity of the resources.  Contests such as Envirothon teach students how to implement environmental practices as a lifestyle instead of a trend,” Emma Fredricksen, team captain, said.

115 students participated in this year’s Envirothon, with each team being made up of five to six students, plus one advisor.  Also, nearly 30 volunteers and instructors donated their time to teach lessons, correct exams, and assist teams.  The top five finishers were: Gooding High School Team B, Gooding High School Team A, Mackay High School, Dennis Technical Education center Team A, and Kimberly 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 Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development.

“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,” Tillotson said.

IASCD wants to thank the following businesses for their financial contribution to this year’s state competition: the Bureau of Land Management, CHS Foundation, IASCD Auxiliary, Idaho Barley Commission, Idaho District Employees Association, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, Idaho Grain Producers, Idaho Mining Association, Idaho Pea and Lentil Commission, Idaho Power Company, Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association, Lactalis American Group, National Wild Turkey Federation (Idaho Chapter), Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Thompson Creek Mining Company and the United Dairymen of Idaho.

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