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WHS Envirothon Team Comes In Second in Frederick County Competition

by Liam Rousselle

Some may know of the Envirothon as the nationwide competition involving high schools from every state. Few know of the local competitions during that occur much earlier than the nationwide competition. Last Tuesday, Walkersville High School participated in the local Frederick County High School Envirothon. This included students from schools like Urbana, Catoctin, Linganore, and other schools in Frederick County.

During the Envirothon, students compete in five different categories. Forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics, and a fifth category that changes every year. Students get thirty minutes to work on each category. Each are a combination of writing and being active. However some, like soils, is a fairly physical category. “This year was the fifth category was agricultural conservation,” said Environmental Science Teacher Susan Faibisch. Faibisch was the instructor for the Walkersville Envirothon team. “Agricultural conservation is based on situations where a certain forest should be left alone because it would be more beneficial for a river, or for tourism. How should we use the resources in the best way possible.”

Walkersville seniors Joey Edwards and Drew Carter were a duo who were able to place second for every category in the local Envirothon. Edwards commented, “I’m sad we came second. It was really fun playing the two years we had with them. We both encourage everyone to do it.,” Carter added. “I wish I would’ve known about it my freshman year. We made improvements from last year, but this was our last Envirothon.”

All of the students who participated in the Envirothon recommended that other students get involved. “It promotes awareness of the environment, and all of the students who have done it enjoyed it,” said Faibisch. The Envirothon is a great way for students to get involved in these particular issues, learn, and compete out in an area that isn’t enclosed with bricks and cement.