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September 2006


Ohio team takes fifth place in Natural Resource Competition

Columbus, OH— A team of five students from Chardon High School (Geauga County) placed fifth in the 2006 Canon Envirothon, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Each student earned a $1,000 scholarship that can be used at any college or university.

The Chardon team also had the highest score in the oral component of the competition, which involved a 20-minute presentation prepared by the students for a panel of judges, as well as a 10-minute question and answer period. More than 250 teenagers from 44 states and eight Canadian provinces competed in the nineteenth Canon Envirothon.

The students earned the opportunity to represent Ohio in the competition by placing first in the Ohio Envirothon in June. The annual Ohio Envirothon is sponsored by ODNR’s Division of Soil & Water Conservation and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The Chardon High School team members are Deanna Lentz, Kerry O’Donnell, Richard Stehli, Todd Zolka and Kyle Poyar. Their advisor is Chardon High School teacher Marilyn Rohr.

The Canon Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition, offering $75,000 in college scholarships and other prizes. This year’s competition was based at the University of Manitoba.

Organized in cooperation with the National Association of Conservation Districts in the United States and The Canadian Forestry Association, and with the Manitoba Forestry Association as the host, the competition tested teams on their knowledge of soil/land use, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife and natural resources, among other topics.

The theme of this year’s competition was Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate. It focused on the role water plays in our lives now and in the future, and included aspects such as water quality, supply, use and allocation, and conservation and management under the backdrop of climate change and global warming.

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