The 12th Armstrong County Envirothon was held at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center on April 26, 2017. Ten teams of high school students from Armstrong High School, Apollo-Ridge High School, Leechburg High School, Lenape Tech School, and West Shamokin Jr. Sr. High School competed against each other in the event.
The Envirothon is designed to give students an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate their knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to each other and human activities. The students are challenged in the areas of aquatic ecology, forestry, soil / land use, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2017 current environmental issue was “Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.”
Technical expertise was provided by the following individuals: Grover Pegg and Karlee Kocon (US Army Corps of Engineers) at the Aquatics station; Gary Fujak and Rod Burns (PA Game Commission) at the Wildlife station; Laurel Hoffman (Kittanning NRCS) at the Soils and Land Use station, Dr. Holly Travis (IUP) at the Current Issue station; and John Brundege (DCNR) at the Forestry station.
Financial sponsors of the 2017 Envirothon are the Arrowhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Young & Associates, Jescar, LLC, Nextier Bank, Armstrong Sportsman League, Cowanshannock Creek Watershed, Crooked Creek Watershed, Bankson Engineers Inc., Roaring Run Watershed, J. H. Hickman Surveying, Keystone Station, Elderton State Bank, EQT Foundation, Senate Engineering and Apex Energy, LLC. Ford City Subway donated lunches to the students and volunteers.
The West Shamokin High School winning team will represent Armstrong County at the Pennsylvania State Envirothon at University of Pittsburgh Johnstown (UPJ) on May 23 and 24, 2017.