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Conant’s envirothon team takes top honor in state

  • Conant High School's two envirothon teams placed in the top ten in the recent statewide competition, including one team that placed first overall. Courtesy photo

  • Conant High School's two envirothon teams placed in the top ten in the recent statewide competition, including one team that placed first overall. Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 04, 2018

A Conant High School Envirothon team has once again taken the top spot in the state’s annual competition. 

Conant fielded two teams at this year’s NH Envirothon competition – which took place on Tuesday, May 22 at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord – with one team placing ninth out of 21 teams and the other team sweeping every aspect of the competition to win the Envirothon.

“It’s pretty impressive, and unusual, that one of our teams placed first in every category,” said advisor Margie Clark-Kevan. “This is the same team that won last year.”

The winning team was comprised of Delaney Hirsch, Emily Chen, Carly LaBrecque, Anna Graff, and Ellie Graff. Everyone but Chen has participated four years, with LaBrecque participating for the past three years. 

The high school’s other team was comprised of students two-year veteran Nadia Bhatti and three-year veteran Christopher Newton, and newcomers Tessa Blood, Hannah Jenkins, and Joseph Blood. 

“We’ve always had strong teams,” said Clark-Kevan. “Winning overall last year and this year is new for us.”

The state envirothon competition has been around since 1991, offering students the opportunity to have real-world, hands-on educational experiences revolving around responsible environmental and natural resource decisions. 

Annually, students are tested on their knowledge in five areas: aquatics, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, and current environmental issues.

This year’s issue dealt with increasing the efficiency of the state’s pasturelands, with each team playing out a scenario where they were hired by a local farm as a consultation to increase the efficiency of the pastures.

“I think that their interest and passion for the environment is a part of it,” said Clark-Kevan, when asked about her teams’ success. “They question a lot and always want to go to the next step. If they get something wrong, they always want to know why.”

Winning the state competition allows the Conant team to advance to the North American competition in Idaho later this year.

Conant will not field a team at this year’s nationwide competition, according to Clark-Kevan, as some of the team members already have pre-existing commitments. 

ConVal also had a team enter the competition which placed 17th. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.