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Carroll County Team Wins 20th Annual Maryland Envirothon

Release Date: 7/29/2010 8:20:13 AM

A team of five students from Westminster High School, Venturing Crew 202, was the winner of the 20th Annual Maryland Envirothon. The team will represent the state of Maryland at the 2010 Canon Envirothon, which will be held at California State University in Fresno, California from August 1 – 6, 2010, where more than 50 teams from the United States and Canada are expected to compete.
The members of Venturing Crew 202 are 2010 graduates Ransom Leland Baldwin VII and Eric Kazyak and seniors Rebecca Baldwin, Reed Portney, and Kelly Habicht. The team’s advisors are Paul Kazyak and Claudia Lewis. The team earned a total of 452 out of a possible 500 points to win the competition.
The Maryland Envirothon, sponsored by the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the State Soil Conservation Committee, is an annual event that brings together teams from various counties throughout the state to test their knowledge about our environment. This year’s event was held from June 24-25, 2010, at the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center in Prince George’s County. Over 100 challengers from 19 counties across the state participated.
The objectives of the Maryland Envirothon are to test students’ environmental knowledge and understanding of state resource issues and to instill a desire to learn more about the natural world. Students taking part in the competition study Maryland’s natural resources for a year in hopes of winning the Envirothon. Working in teams of five, with one to two alternates, students are trained and tested in four natural resource areas including soils, aquatics, forestry, and wildlife, in addition to an environmental issue that changes every year. This year’s issue was the Protection of Groundwater through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning.  
Each team’s knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, and wildlife specialists. Teams are evaluated on their problem solving and oral presentation skills, as well as their general sense of teamwork.

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