Envirothon is a hands-on field competition that has students working with industry professionals on various environmental science applications.  The students work with foresters, soil scientists, wildlife biologists, and environmental chemists as they master skills vital for the field of environmental science.  This year the added challenge was to identify a threat to freshwater estuaries in the district and to develop a comprehensive plan to mitigate it.

Three teams, involving 15 students, from MTA competed in the Southwestern Regional Competition held at the Auburn Land Lab.  These students braved the elements to show their mastery of skills and to present their current issue plan to mitigate threats to freshwater estuaries, such as excessive fertilizer use and snow dumping into the Androscoggin River.  Mt. Ararat was dominant in the field of 23 teams in the current issue event and our three teams placed 1st, 2nd, & 4th.  Our teams also took a 2nd place in the soils event and 3rd place in both the aquatics event and the forestry event.

These scores were good enough to send Mt. Ararat to the State Competition for the third year in a row as they compete with students from throughout the state.  Furthermore, the team that advanced to the State Level Competition this year is made up entirely of first year members.  Ian Pinette (’12), Jonah Levy (’14), Emmie Cox (’14), Alicia Caterina (’14), and Michalea Remis (’14) make up this young and talented group and will compete this Thursday (5/26) at the University of Maine at Augusta.  They have been an exceptional group to work with and have a thirst for knowledge that will make MTA very competitive for years to come.  We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of the whole team and wish these students the best of luck.

Mt. Ararat Envirathon Team

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