With team names like the Mean Green Beans, Flaming Driptorches and Subchronic Exposure, Wake County students landed big wins in an outdoor academic environmental competition that pitted them against 44 other high schools from across the state. Now, Enloe High School will go on to represent North Carolina in the international National Conservation Foundation Envirothon, a huge week-long tournament where more than 25,000 high schoolers from the United States, Canada and China have their knowledge tested on wildlife, forestry, aquatic ecology, soils, land use and more.
Wake County teams secured three out of the top five places in the competition, including the Subchronic Exposure team from Enloe High School in Raleigh taking home first place. The Mean Green Beans from Panther Creek High School in Cary won 4th place and 5th place honors went to The Flaming Driptorches, also from Enloe High School.
“We are so proud of our high school students who have showcased such impressive results,” said Sig Hutchinson, Wake County Chair Commissioner. “These brilliant students are tomorrow’s informed leaders and the ones who will create innovative solutions to the complex local and global environmental and natural resource issues facing our world today.”
The state-wide NC Envirothon took place in Burlington, North Carolina and is an interactive competition where teams of 3 to 5 students from participating schools, home study groups and environmental clubs use problem-solving, teambuilding and leadership skills during outdoor field challenges that include five written exams, hands-on skill tests, and an oral presentation.
“The Subchronic Exposure team from Enloe High School will represent NC at the 2022 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon,” said Teresa Furr, Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Director. “The NCF-Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. Our very talented Subchronic Exposure team will compete with other winning teams for thousands in scholarships and awards.”
This year the NCF-Envirothon will be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on July 24–30. The topic of this year’s Envirothon is “Waste to Resources.” The participants will learn the concepts of different waste streams and the effective ways to manage waste regeneratively, as well as the social, economic, and political impacts of turning waste products and degraded lands into resources.
The NC Envirothon is an education program of the nonprofit North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The team’s all-expenses paid trip is sponsored by the North Carolina Envirothon which is coordinated through the NC Division of Soil & Water Conservation, the state’s 96 local soil & water conservation districts, and the NC Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts.