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‘Wayne Mountain Men’ win Envirothon

The EcoVision Team from Wallenpaupack High School were the Flag Prize winners. From left is Shane Kleiner, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Northeast Region Conservation District Field Representative, Natalie Christopher, Katlyn Bakker, Rachel Chojnacki, Danielle Wontor and Danielle Spewak.

May 9, 2012

For 26 years, a local educational competition has been held which tests student knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities related to the earth’s natural resources. This year, the top prize for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon went to the Wayne Mountain Men from Western Wayne High School.

In addition to placing first overall, the team of suspender-and flannel-shirt-clad young men also nabbed first place for Wayne County.

The young men, all of whom are also Eagle Scouts, prepared for the competition by selecting categories and doing in-depth research in addition to their normal school work. Subject areas included aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, non-point source pollution and low-impact development. After graduating from high school, all of the Wayne Mountain Men plan to continue their education at various colleges and in the military.

Second place overall went to the EcoVision team from Wallenpaupack High School, which also placed first as the Pike County winner and won the flag prize for creating the most informative and attractive educational banner. The Platinum Platypi team from Honesdale High School garnered third place overall.

The Wayne Mountain Men will now advance to the statewide Envirothon on May 22-23 at the University of Pittsburgh. The winning team there will represent Pennsylvania at the 2012 Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest environmental competition, on July 22 to 27 at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is coordinated locally by the Wayne Conservation District and the Pike County Conservation District, who partner with the Pennsylvania departments of environmental protection, agriculture, and conservation and natural resources, along with the game commission, the fish and boat commission and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services.