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NHCS Students Participate in Environmental Science Competitions

The “Recycled Trash Talkers”, “The Human Beans”, and “EcoRaptors” teams from John T. Hoggard High School participated in the Coastal Envirothon competition held March 18, 2014, at Weyerhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County. Team members include Sarah Spaulding, Austin Miller, Elaine King, Caroline Estep, Stephanie Smith, Meagan Trotta, Amanda Winton, Bailey Sito, Paige Scott, Ashley Frye, Krissy Cannady, Josh Bennion, Preston Shakar, Lindsey Justice, Nick Minnini, Ryan Goodwin, Terren Williams, and Venice Leone, with team advisors Ed Terzain and Shari Thompson and District team coordinator Amy Long.

More than 200 middle and high school students competed in five-member teams at the event, vying for trophies, prizes and bragging rights. The Hoggard teams advanced to the state level Envirothon to be held this year on April 25-26 at Cedarock Park in Alamance County. The top fourteen teams (seven high school and seven middle school) from each area move on to the State level competition.

Envirothon is the most widely recognized hands-on environmental education program in the nation. Middle and high school students immerse themselves in a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences facilitated by resource professionals such as soil scientists, foresters and wildlife specialists. This intense training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. Scores determine winning placements.

For more information on how to participate in local, regional and state Envirothons, please visit,, or contact your local soil and water conservation district at 910.798.6032. Sandra Weitzel, with the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, is available for information on the state level Envirothon and may be reached at (919)715-6680.


Posted: 03/26/2014