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NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Pennsylvania Envirothon


									                                                        NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                        Lorelle Steach, Program Coordinator
                                                        Pennsylvania Envirothon Inc.
                                                        (814) 623-7900 ext. 111

                         2007 CANON ENVIROTHON

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 6, 2007 – A five-member team of Pennsylvania high school
students from Northern York High School received second place honors in the 2007 Canon
Envirothon. Winners were announced during closing ceremonies of the weeklong North
American environmental education competition held at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in
Geneva, N.Y., and sponsored by Canon U.S.A.

More than 260 teenagers from more than 40 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces studied
environmental issues and resource conservation, while competing for a share of more than
$100,000 in scholarships and prizes.

The first place Connecticut team received a total of $25,000 in Canon scholarships along with
Canon photographic equipment for their advisor and sponsoring agency/organizations to use in
science education. Northern York High School from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania ($20,000 and
Canon equipment), and the Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware ($15,000 and Canon
equipment) placed second and third, respectively. The fourth place team, Parkway North High
School from St. Louis, Missouri, received $10,000 and Canon equipment. The fifth place team,
High Tech High School from North Bergen, New Jersey, received $7,500 and Canon

In addition to their second-place honor, the Pennsylvania team was awarded for receiving the
highest score on the Forestry test with a perfect score of 100 points and on the Wildlife test
with a score of 90 points.
The Northern York team was chosen to represent Pennsylvania as a result of its first-place
finish at the Pennsylvania Envirothon earlier this spring. The Pennsylvania Envirothon partners
with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania DCNR Bureaus of Forestry and
State Parks, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These committed
partners provide educational reference materials for over 700 participating high school teams as
well as technical expertise, knowledge, and manpower at not only the state event but also at 67
county events, assuring the continued success of the program.

The Canon Envirothon tests teams on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology,
forestry, wildlife and an additional current environmental issue. The theme of this year’s
competition was Alternative/Renewable Energy, an issue that has attracted worldwide attention.
The competing teams focused on the efficient use of energy generated from traditional sources
and the development of renewable energy resources.
The Canon Envirothon is the culmination of a series of competitions that began during the past
school year and involved more than 500,000 teenagers throughout North America. In written
tests and oral presentations, starting on the local level, winning five-member teams from
schools and organizations competed for the distinction of representing their state or province at
the Canon Envirothon.

Each team’s knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife
specialists and other natural resource professionals. Teamwork, problem solving and
presentation skills are evaluated as each team offers a panel of judges an oral presentation
containing recommendations for solving the specific challenge that is presented during the

The 2008 competition will be held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, July 28th
– August 3rd, 2008.

For information about the competition and photos, visit the Canon Envirothon Press Room at, click on ‘2007 press room.’


The top 10 teams at the 2007 Canon Envirothon:

First Place: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village, Connecticut
Second Place: Northern York High School, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Third Place: Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, Delaware
Fourth Place: Parkway North High School, St. Louis, Missouri
Fifth Place: High Tech High School, North Bergen, New Jersey
Sixth Place: Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Seventh Place: Candor High School, Candor, New York
Eighth Place: Swan Valley Regional Secondary School, Swan River, Manitoba, Canada
Ninth Place: Conserve School, Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin
Tenth Place: 4H Bristol County Envirothon Team, Berkley, Massachusetts

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