From Harford County Public Schools:
On March 10, at the Harford Glen Outdoor and Environmental Education Center, Envirothon teams from high schools around the county competed in round one for this year’s county championship. The Envirothon is a team competition that requires students to solve problems in four areas: aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife, plus a wildcard area called the “Fifth Topic” that changes every year.
This year’s fifth topic is sustainable rangeland management. In addition, teams must solve a complex problem centered on the fifth topic and present their solution to a panel of expert judges. This year’s complex problem was structured around developing a sustainable grazing plan for a 6,400-acre ranch in Montana.
Johnny Biondo, Anthony Alvarez, Farhan Bachu and Lynsey Blackburn of Havre de Grace High wowed the judges with an outstanding presentation and solution to take first place and defeat both the North Harford Agricultural and Natural Resources Magnet team and the Harford Christian team who are the defending state champions and 7th ranked in North America.
If the Envirothon Warriors can close out the second round of county competition with a “W,” they will go on to the state championship. If they win states, they will be heading to Montana for a trip to Yellowstone National Park and a chance to win the North American Championship and $25,000 in scholarships. Other members of the Havre de Grace Envirothon are: Dylan Schantz, Mike Wills, Glenn Joseph, Adam Wachsman and Nina Cogan.