Florida Teens Take Top Honors in Canon Envirothon; Teams From 52 U.S. States And Canadian Provinces Competed At Environmental Science Competition.LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- A five-member team of high school students from Miami, Florida, is the winner of the 17th annual Canon Envirothon. The winning team was announced Saturday, July 31, during closing ceremonies of the weeklong North American environmental education competition held at Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia Buckhannon is the only incorporated city in Upshur County, West Virginia and is located along the Buckhannon River. The population was 5,725 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, it has reached a population above 7,500. .
More than 250 teenage challengers from high schools and other organizations across the U.S. and Canada came together in Buckhannon to study and compete on environmental issues and resource conservation, and receive Canon scholarships and prizes that exceeded US $30,000 in value. The first place Florida team received $15,000 in Canon scholarships and photographic equipment. Virginia and New Jersey placed second and third, respectively. The list of schools/organizations receiving 2004 awards appears at the end of this announcement.
Fifty-two teams, 44 from the U.S. and eight from Canada, competed in the 2004 Canon Envirothon, North America's largest high school environmental competition. Organized through the National Association of Conservation Districts in the U.S. and The Canadian Forestry Associations, the Canon Envirothon is the final competition in a series of contests beginning each spring that involves more than 500,000 teenagers throughout North America.
The 2004 North American competition, under the supervision of The West Virginia Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the West Virginia Conservation Agency, was the first hosted by West Virginia. The 2005 competition will be held in Missouri, 2006 in Canada (Manitoba) and 2007 in New York.
In written and field tests, and oral presentations, five member teams from schools or organizations compete in these preliminary rounds for the distinction of representing their state or province at the Canon Envirothon. Key knowledge areas include: soils/land use, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife and this year's current issue of conservation management in urban areas.
Each team's knowledge was tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists and wildlife specialists. Teamwork, problem solving and oral presentation skills also are evaluated as each team offers a panel of judges Panel of Judges is an indie pop band from Melbourne, Australia. Members
This is the eighth year the competition has been sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE NYSE
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First Place: Palmetto High School Palmetto High School may refer to:
Second Place: Augusta County 4H, Augusta, Virginia
Third Place: Hopewell Valley High School, Hopewell, New Jersey
Hopewell is a Borough in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,035.
Fourth Place: Fayette County 4H, Lexington, Kentucky
Fifth Place: Conservation Shameleons Home School, Orange County, North Carolina Orange County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 118,227. Its county seat is Hillsborough6. It is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the flagship institution of the University of North Carolina
Sixth Place: Pencrest High School, Media, Pennsylvania
Seventh Place: West Hill Secondary School, Owen Sound, Ontario
Owen Sound (2006 City population 21,753; UA Population 22,649; CA Population 32, 259), the county seat of Grey County, is a city in south-western Ontario, , Canada
Eighth Place: St. Marys FFA (Future Farmers of America), St. Marys, West Virginia St. Marys is a city in Pleasants County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 2,017 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pleasants County.GR6 St.
Ninth Place: School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, Minnesota Apple Valley is a city located in northwestern Dakota County in the U.S. state of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. It was incorporated in 1969, and was known before then as Lebanon Township.
Tenth Place: Kenmare High School Kenmare High School is am all-female, private, Roman Catholic high school in Jersey City, New Jersey. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Background , Kenmare, North Dakota
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Envirothon press room: www.envirothon.org. Click on 2004 press room for winning team photos and student names that will be posted and can be downloaded beginning Monday, August 2, 2004.