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Envirothon Competition

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Charter Oak students are ready to compete. Photograph by Sergio Martinez

Charter Oak students are ready to compete. Photograph by Sergio Martinez

Charter Oak students are ready to compete. Photograph by Sergio Martinez

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On Sat., April 7, ten students from Charter Oak competed in the California Envirothon, held at Wind Wolves Preserve in Bakersfield. Students participating included juniors Christie Carino, Arjun Mehta, Maggie Lu and Victoria Olivas; sophomores Adrian Llamas and Isha Tripathi, and freshmen Mickee Aguirre, Nishita Dashpute, Jenna Ornelas and Adrian Arellano. Supervisors were Ms. Pat Foy, Environmental Systems teacher; Mr. Brian Sneed, math teachers; and Mr. Sergio Martinez, Boy’s PE supervisor.

The Envirothon competition is held every year in different parts of California. The theme of the 26th annual competition was “Western Rangelands Management: Balancing Diverse Views.” Seven high schools brought 11 teams to compete.

According to http://caenvirothon.com, “In the field, students are challenged to work as a team to answer written questions and conduct hands-on projects focusing on environmental issues.” In preparation, CO students learned about the environment, including forestry, soils, wildlife, aquatics and current environmental issue.

Isha Tripathi, sophomore, said, “It was a great experience, and I would love to do it again. I can’t wait till next year.” She loved the experience of competing for the first time and learning new information about the environment.

The students and staff drove up on Friday so they would not have to drive up early Saturday morning. Students covered half of their hotel bill, and Earth Club covered the other half. On arrival, the students ate dinner and then studied for the presentation part of the competition for an hour and a half.

Arjun Mehta, junior, said, “My experience was different this year because I was on a team with people I didn’t know as well as I did before starting, also the rigor of the competition intensified this year which made things very interesting.” Competing for the third time, Arjun believes the best thing about attending is the scenery and the areas where they are held.

Victoria Olivas, junior, said, “It was nice to go to the competition since I was unable to attend last year. Participating in Envirothon is a great opportunity for team work, public speaking, and learning more about the environment.” She also enjoys that the competition has a different scenario every year, and it ties into issues that are relevant today.

Winners of the Envirothon competition were from Granada Hills Charter High School. Although Charter Oak did not place in the top three at the competition, they are looking forward to trying even harder next year to come out on top.

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