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Discovery High Envirothon Team Headed to State Competition

Story by Paula Curry

On Thursday, April 7th, a group of 10 Discovery students made their way to Wilkesboro, North Carolina where they competed in the Area 2 Northwest Envirothon competition.

pasted image 0Envirothon is an annual competition where middle and high school students can compete for scholarships and recognition by demonstrating their knowledge and critical thinking concerning environmental issues and sustainability. The competitions are primarily organized by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts but are funded almost exclusively by private organizations and corporate sponsorships from companies that have an interest in environmental education. Students compete in teams of five and are tested on their knowledge of five different aspects of environmental studies: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

Leanne Nguyen, a Discovery High School sophomore, competed for the first time at Envirothon this year. When asked about her experience competing in the wildlife section at Envirothon she replied, “I took on the topic of wildlife. I’ve loved animals since I was a kid, so I was really excited for the competition. I gained so much knowledge from it and I will definitely compete again”.

pasted image 0 (2)One of the two Discovery teams competing this year, The Difference, placed second overall in the high school division of the competition. Mr. Gene Scronce, the teacher sponsor for both teams, said that he “thought both teams did very well” and he adds that he “thinks The Difference has a good chance of winning the state competition”. The North Carolina Envirothon competition will be held April 29th & 30th at Cedarock National Park in Graham, North Carolina. The students who will be going on to represent Discovery at the state competition will be freshman Anika Foret, Leanne Nguyen, Jillian Whitener, Annamarie Eustice, and Kaitlyn Stewart, who are all sophomores.

Grace Little, a junior, competed as member of The Difference during the Northwestern Regional but will be unable to attend the state competition due to an AP Earth and Environmental Science final exam at the North Carolina School of Science and Math on the same day. This was her fifth year competing at the regional Envirothon.

EnvirothonWhen asked why she thought Envirothon was important to Discovery and its community of participants Grace replied, “Envirothon is very important to me because it helps young people and their sponsors get into the community of sustainability and other environmental issues. I think that as long as we keep educating people and growing that community our situation can only improve, and that’s part of the way to building a greener, more environmentally-conscious future which is really what Envirothon is all about.”

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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