NRHS wins 2014 Envirothon competition

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Northumberland Regional High School was named the 2014 Envirothon Champions. Pictured are: Erica Wilson (advisor), Manami Yamamoto, Megan Fraser, Mallory MacDermid, Emilia Koch, Juliana Ali, Emma Cameson and Mary Ali (adviser).

Northumberland Regional High School's Envirothon Team captured first place in the Nova Scotia-wide Envirothon competition held last week in Truro.

The Envirothon is a hands-on, natural science academic event that challenges and engages students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. High school teams demonstrate their management knowledge and problem-solving skills in a competition centred on five categories: soils/land use, wildlife, forestry, aquatic ecology and current issue/oral presentation. 

The 2014 current issue topic was sustainable agriculture/locally grown. One of this year’s field trips took them to visit a local farm: Greta and Ruth Mathewson’s in North River.

“The Envirothon often becomes a lifestyle for students and goes beyond competitions and school meetings – it encourages students to be actively engaged in the environment around them at all times, whether through current issues in their hometown, global disasters, or just an appreciation of the natural resources in their backyard, ” said Allan Eddy, associate deputy minister, Department of Natural Resources. “Students leave this program as responsible citizens and stewards of the environment.”

The winning team will attend a four-day educational and fun experience at the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve along with hosting the winning Envirothon teams from Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick early in July.

For more information on the NS Envirothon go to: www.nsfa.ca

Organizations: Northumberland Regional High School, Department of Natural Resources, UNESCO

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Truro, North River Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick

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