Students from Calhoun Falls in Abbeville County traveled to Winnipeg, Canada, July 23 to compete in the Canon Envirothon competition.
The annual competition features teams of students representing schools from different provinces and states that have successfully competed and won at their respective state level. The teams, comprised of five students, compete for scholarships by demonstrating knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. South Carolina’s representative, the Calhoun Falls team, scored the highest at the state competition held in May, and congregated with other first-place teams from 44 states and eight Canadian provinces to compete at the national level. Each year the competition focuses on a different topic, where the students are judged on a series of questions and evaluated on oral presentations. The chosen topic for this year’s competition was “Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate.”
For more information and results on the Envirothon competition, visit: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/Envirothon/index.html.
The Calhoun Falls team was represented by Pat Shea, Matthew Dorn, Cody Brown, Hunter Cooper, Rachel Brandt and team coach Calvert Sherard. At the awards banquet the top teams were announced with Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, California and Ohio taking top honors. Although the Calhoun Falls team did not place within the top five, they enjoyed their experience in Winnipeg and the opportunity to compete at the nationally recognized event.
The University of Manitoba played host to the almost 500 Envirothon competitors and their state chaperones. The week long event included registration, an opening ceremony, a trading session on Sunday, team training on Monday and Tuesday, testing on Wednesday, oral presentation preparation on Thursday, presentations Friday morning, the top five oral presentations given to the student body Friday afternoon, the awards banquet Friday night, followed by a dance on Saturday. The students were able to socialize and learn about Winnipeg and its history, in between the work and studying. Tours were scheduled so that students would be able to get a cultural taste of Manitoba.