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Woods Charter School students take top honors in Region III Envirothon

Posted Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Although many Woods students spent their spring break not thinking about school and sleeping late, the Woods Charter School Envirothon Team members (both High School and Middle School) were on the go very early on Thursday morning, March 24 to attend the Region III Envirothon Competition held at Elon University. This level of dedication paid off for the teams as they took away top honors – 1st and 2nd in Middle School and 2nd in High School divisions.

Envirothon is the premier international environmental competition where middle and high school student teams compete in several key environmental subject areas. The subject areas are Aquatic Science, Forestry, Soil Science, Wildlife Ecology, and Current Environmental Issues. Teams study a rigorous curriculum in these subject areas in what amounts to an introductory college level course. Competition includes written tests as well as practical field identification and application of knowledge gained. In addition to the knowledge gained about our environment, teams who move on and win at the state level get cash prizes and scholarships. The overall State winner goes on to compete at the North American Envirothon for additional prizes and college scholarships.

The Middle School teams continued what might be a Woods tradition by taking both 1st and 2nd place overall in their division. The Radioactive Crocogators (named for Arnie the Crocogator) were the overall 1st place winners.

Most of the team members (Rachel Deininger, Mattison Francis, Henry Lindbo and Lora Sipal) were veterans and new members (Victoria Hume and Kadin Peterman) added to their expertise. The Crocogators not only came in first with an overall score of 435.67 out of 500, they also had the high score in Forestry (85.67), Soils (95) and Wildlife (85).

The 2nd place winners, The Awesomologists (Caroline Blythe, Caitlin Cox, Eleanor Hume, Olivia Osborne, Joshua Tabor and Colin Ward) were composed of newcomers to the Envirothon. They did not let their lack of experience slow them down, coming in 2nd overall; they also had the highest score in Wildlife (85 tying with the Crocogators) and in Current Environmental Issues (95). Furthermore, they were undoubtedly the youngest team present at the competition.

The high school team, The Fake Plastic Sheeple composed entirely of 9th graders, veterans Jess Canton, Matt Deininger, Tommy Holden, Matt Kornberg, Chris Ward; with two newcomers to Envirothon, Claire Day and Joseph Sharp, distinguished itself well with an overall 2nd place win in the upper division (427.5 out of 500). They also had high score in Forestry (95).

Among the other high school teams competing the Sheeple were the youngest team with the overall wining high school team being all seniors. This bodes well for future Woods Envirothon Teams.

Joining the students were coaches Catherine Deininger and David Lindbo, along with several parent volunteers – Mary Blythe, Patricia Hume, and Jennifer Osborne. The day ended with a celebration at Maple View Dairy for ice cream.

Although it was a long day, it was definitely worth it for all. With their regional wins behind them, all teams advance to the State Competition held at the end of April at Cedar Rock County Park in Alamance County.

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Woods Charter School students take top honors in Region III Envirothon
Woods Charter School Envirothon teams took away top honors – 1st and 2nd in Middle School and 2nd in High School divisions.
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