Cadiz- Two teams from Harrison Central High School FFA participated in the 2010 AREA III Envirothon, held at the Perry County Gun Club, in New Lexington, Ohio, on May 5, 2010, according to the Harrison Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).
Harrison Central High School joined 55 teams from a 16-county area to participate in this year's outdoor competition, which tested students' knowledge of soils and land use, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues.
Mt. Vernon High School FFA, from Knox County, finished first in the Envirothon competition. Granville High School's White and Blue teams finished second and third, respectively. New Lexington High School FFA Orange from Perry County took home fourth place honors. The top four teams advance to the state competition June 14-15, 2010, at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Students will compete there for cash awards, college scholarship opportunities and the opportunity to represent Ohio at the Canon Envirothon, August 1-7, 2010, at the University of California in Fresno, CA.
Each year, the Envirothon focuses on a specific environmental issue. This year's topic, "Protection of groundwater through urban, agricultural and environmental planning", focused on how access to clean and safe drinking water is essential to a healthy and thriving community.
The 2010 AREA III Envirothon was funded by donations from Smurfitt Stone Container, American Electric Power and from individual county soil and water conservation districts.
For more information or to find out how you can contribute to the AREA III Envirothon, contact Yvonne Ackerman, Harrison SWCD District Program Administrator, at 740-942-8837.