Five-Member Team from Penncrest High School Wins National Envirothon

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A five-member team of students from Penncrest High School recently won the 2017 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon – the world’s largest natural resources education competition – besting 53 other teams from the U.S., Canada, and China.

Cole Gaboriault, Thy-Lan Gale, Dennis Harrsch, Rachel Hughes, and Abigail Schwartz took the top prize, a $15,000 check, at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.

Chrissa Kuntz and Mark Samilenko were the team’s advisors.


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“NCF offers its congratulations to the winning team and all the students who participated in Envirothon competitions over the last year,” said Carly Burton, the program manager for the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon.

“This year’s competitors blew the judges away with their advanced critical thinking skills and mastery of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship.”

In order to represent the Keystone State at the national competition, Penncrest had to with the 34th Pennsylvania Envirothon, which it did in late May at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

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