NEHS students place 1st at Envirothon

North East High School team Greenflash, from left, are Parker Beardsley, Sam Stanbro, Carter Fox, Grant Shirey and Jesse Johnson. Greenflash took first place at Envirothon and wore Hawaiian shirts in memory of their adviser and teacher Phil Sarver.

The weather could not have been more different for the annual Erie County Envirothon, hosted by the Erie County Conservation District. On Thursday, May 4, 17 high school teams from across Erie County gathered at Headwaters Park to compete in the Erie County Envirothon. This annual environmental competition challenges students in their knowledge of Forestry, Wildlife, Soils/Land Use, Aquatics and the 2023 Current Issue Adapting to a Changing Climate.

The high school students spent a brisk morning working with local and state agencies including the PA Game Commission, NRCS, DEP, DCNR and the Conservation District. Coming out on top and heading to the state competition is team Greenflash from North East High School. Team mem-bers include Carter Fox, Sam Stanbro, Grant Shirey, Parker Beardsley and Jesse Johnson. Advisor John Hallenburg and the team were extremely proud of their achievement, honoring their late advi-sor Phil Sarver by wearing his signature Hawaiian shirts. The team is also honored to receive me-moriam from 4NINE Place, given in honor of Sarver’s generosity over the years. Second place was earned by General McLane’s Loam Riders and third was taken by General McLane’s Tree Huggers.

The Middle School Envirothon was held Tuesday, May 9. Middle school teams from across the county brought their knowledge and excitement to Headwaters Park to pit their environmental knowledge against one another, but to also engage in environmental activities and meet environmental agencies in the process. Student teams experienced a creek walk, learned how to identify various soils with the Game Commission, and completed a scavenger hunt with DCNR.

They were also challenged to a team oral presentation on the topic of marine litter.

St. Greg’s Erie Eagles came out as the top winner, earning first place in the county. Team members include Ari Johnson, Xavier Reedy, Max Bemis, Amelia Sambor and Zita Schiedel. North East Middle School’s team Sassafras earned second place, with St. Greg’s I Am Groot nabbing third place.

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