HARRISBURG, Pa. – The “Green Flash” team from North East High School in Erie County won the 18th annual Pennsylvania State Envirothon competition this week at Bald Eagle State Park near Bellefonte.
The Erie County team, all Boy Scouts, accumulated 462 out of a potential 500 points. Their closest rival was second-place Penncrest High School of Delaware County with 419 points. Third place went to Blue Mountain High School of Schuylkill County.
The Envirothon is designed to give students an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate their knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to each other and human activities. The students are challenged in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental issue. This year’s environmental issue focused on urban nonpoint source pollution.
Teams representing 65 Pennsylvania counties competed. They qualified for the state competition by winning local events.
The winner of the state Envirothon will represent Pennsylvania at the 14th National Envirothon in Raymond, Miss., this summer. Previous Pennsylvania teams won the national Envirothon competition in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000. Forty-two states and four Canadian provinces have initiated Envirothon contests based on Pennsylvania’s program.