4-11-13 Students compete to win college scholarships

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GASSAWAY, W.VA. — On April 19, at the Wood County 4-H Camp, over 200 high school students from across the state will compete at the West Virginia Envirothon in hopes of winning a $5,000 college scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the international North American Envirothon in Bozeman, MT.

The West Virginia Envirothon is a competition for students in grades 9 through 12 in which they face hands-on challenges testing their natural resource knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities. Each test is conducted outdoors, allowing the students a chance to work and learn in a real-world setting, guided by environmental professionals.

Along with the four regular testing topics of aquatics, forestry, soil and wildlife, the teams are addressing the challenging current environmental topic, Sustainable Grassland Management, in their oral presentation.

To provide the opportunity to learn from and to interact with science professionals, a teaching day is offered to participating teams and advisors on the day before the competition.

“This is the seventeenth year that we are offering this wonderful educational program,” said Tim Butler, chairman of the West Virginia Envirothon Committee. “The West Virginia Envirothon encourages young people to understand their place in the environment and to get a college education.”

The first place winning team earns a $5,000 scholarship to be shared equally among team members. This team also wins the privilege of representing West Virginia at the international North American Envirothon in Bozeman, MT.

The second place team wins a shared $3,750, while the third place team secures a shared $2,500 scholarship. The fourth place winners split a $1,750. Lastly, the fifth place team picks up a shared $1,250 scholarship.

This event for high school students is made possible by many generous partners and sponsors who provide the needed funds and labor for planning and completion.

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