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ARIZONA TEENS MEET, COMPETE IN ENVIRONMENTAL COMPETITION

After two days of environmental fisticuffs in Mingus Mountain backcountry, a team of high school students from Prescott’s Tri-City Prep proved their metal, winning the 2018 Arizona Envirothon championship. The five members of the winning team and their coach will represent Arizona at the NCF Envirothon, competing for scholarships and prizes at Idaho State University in Pocatello in July.

Fourteen Arizona teams demonstrated their expertise in field science skills in aquatic ecology, water quality assessment, forestry and wildlife management, soil science and land use planning. Teams also developed local strategies for this year’s theme – “Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views.

Tri-City Prep (Team 8 ) members compare water quality data at the 2018 Arizona Envirothon at Mingus Springs (Left-to-right: Julia Goswick, Courtney Bayer, Gavin Sampson, Kimberly Zamora-Delgado and Ethan Krafft.

The five-student teams tested their environmental field skills at University of Arizona’s Mingus Spring Camp, east of Prescott on April 20-21. Schools competing were from Phoenix (Ariz Agribusiness and Equine Center, Paradise Valley campus), Mesa (Westwood HS), Buckeye (Youngker HS), Peoria (Centennial HS), Goodyear (Trivium Prep Academy), Tucson (University HS), Vail (Cienega HS), and Prescott (Tri-City College Prep).

The teams’ proposed scenarios to protect rural agrarian lifestyles, watershed values and wildlife in an area in northern Yavapai County that is experiencing 21st Century changes – an influx in subdivision including residential development, ground and surface water depletion and habitat loss.  Tri-City Prep’s solution included sustaining healthy environments, including rotational grazing, encouraging green and alternative energy, and recreational and educational activities.

They emphasized partnerships to improve habitat corridors for pronghorn and expanding endangered black-footed ferret populations and protecting golden eagle nesting area.

Tri-City Prep’s winning team includes Kimberly Zamora-Delgado, Courtney Bayer, Gavin Sampson, Juilia Goswick, and Ethan Krafft. They are coached by Carolyn Muchna and Rodney Beitz.

Second place over-all went to University High School and Trivium Prep Academy (Team 2) placed third.

2018 Arizona Envirothon championship team from Tri-City-Prep will represent Arizona at the international NCF Envirothon in Pocatello, Idaho in July. Left-to-right: Coach Carolyn Muchna, Kimberly Zamora-Delgado, Julia Goswick, Courtney Bayer, Gavin Sampson, Ethan Krafft and adviser Rodney Beitz.

Award winners for ecostation field testing skills were:

Ecostation Awards:

Soils and Land Use

First:  Centennial (Team 11)

Second:   Trivium Prep (Team 1)

Third: Tri-City Prep (Team 9)

Aquatic Ecology

First:  Tie between University High and Tri-City Prep (Team 8 )

Second:  Trivium Prep (Team 2)

Third:  Tri-City Prep (Team 9)

Wildlife

First: AZ Agribusiness & Equine Center (Team 6)

Second: Trivium Prep (Team 2)

Third:  University High

Forestry

First:  University High

Second:  Trivium Prep (Team 2)

Third:  Tie between Trivium Prep (Team 3) and Tri-City Prep (Team 8 )

Spirit of Envirothon Awards:

Team:  Trivium Prep

Carol Hopkins Service Award:

Rob Wilson

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2018 Arizona Envirothon Sponsors

Arizona Envirothon is grateful for the support of our sponsors. Education and our environment are important to them. Visit their web sites to learn more about each of them and their commitment to conserving our natural resources.

Chairman’s Club

Executive Circle

Salt River Project (SRP)

Agua Fria New River NRCD

Ecologists Circle

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Golden Eagle

Pima NRCD

Navajo County NRCD

Smithfield Foods

Ferrell Gas

SWCA Environmental Consultants

Arizona Public Service

Big Sandy NRCS

NCF – Envirothon

Naturalist

Arizona Beef Council

Soil and Water Conservation Society – AZ Chapter

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