Congratulations to the Vantage Point Education High School Envirothon Team!
Five high school students from the Gwinnett County area represented the state of Georgia very well this year at the North American Envirothon Competition held July 23-29 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The students representing Georgia attend Vantage Point Education High School, out of the Suwanee area. This is the second year the VPE Varsity team has represented the state at this event. Based on high marks in field and written tests, as well as their oral presentation focused on agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship and agrotourism, the team ranked 8th out of 54 teams from all over the U.S., Canada, and China. Tteam members include Emma Alexander, Phillip Alexander, John Deitsch, Cooper Foster, and Nadya Gutierrez. For more information about the team and Georgia’s Envirothon program, please contact Trish Foster (VPE) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Standridge at email@example.com
The National Conservation Foundation established the NCF-Envirothon competition in 1979. The program was originally established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students in the U.S. and Canada. However, recently the NCF has been able to extend the program internationally and participants from China also attended this year. Participants in this year-long program gain an understanding of the principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology. They also learn to dealwith complex resource management decisions. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories that include soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. This year the current environmental topic was agricultural soil and water conservation practices. The students’ knowledge is tested through hands-on field skills, written tests, and oral presentations.
Teams competing at the North American Envirothon competition are selected through regional and state competitions held in states, provinces or territories through their local Envirothon programs. Information about the Georgia Envirothon program can be found at www.georgiaenvirothon.org