Woodland Park High School’s AP Environmental Science team once again took first place honors at the 2018 Colorado Envirothon Competition for the third time. The event was held on April 23 - 25, in Aurora, CO! This year’s event took place at the Arapahoe County Fair Grounds in Aurora, with 8 teams participating coming from all over Colorado, to compete in the Colorado Envirothon’s annual natural resource science-based contest. The second-place team was Sargent High School for Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley and, the third-place team was from Woodland Park High School.
The Colorado Envirothon committee would like to thank all of the conservation districts, financial sponsors, contest volunteers, instructors, and judges, for their contributions at making the 2018 COE event such a success!
The winning team members from Woodland Park High School were: Danielle Moreno, Arity Sherwood, Adalee Smith-Simmons, Addison Swaney and Cameron Billings-Vela. Mr. Dan Ganoza is Woodland Park High School’s AP Environmental Science teacher and acted as the team’s advisor and coach. Assisting him was Rose Banzhaf. These Colorado students and their coaches will be heading to the international NCF Envirothon competition in Pocatello, Idaho this summer, in July.
Other Colorado schools, who made the trip to Aurora for the 2018 contest, were from Center, Greeley, Monte Vista, San Luis, Saguache, and Woodland Park.
During the three-day competition, all students are tested in a total of five areas of natural resource science content, including: aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and soils. Teams also have to make an oral presentation on solving a current natural resource issue problem, with this year’s topic being “Western Rangeland management: Balancing Diverse Views.” Team work and critical thinking are the basis for a successful outcome at this fun and educational contest.
COE thanks all of this year’s participants and their school sponsors. The date and location of the 2019Colorado Envirothon competition will be announced in the coming months. More information about the Colorado Envirothon program can be obtained from the website at www.coloenvirothon.com.