Mates Students Repeat Win At New Jersey Envirothon, Advance To Competition In Canada
Jean Sullivian, May 7, 2011
|PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the MATES Envirothon Team 1 are, left to right: MATES Science Instructor and Advisor David Werner, Student (Lacey), Student (Brick), Student (Jackson), Student (Barnegat Light), Student (Manahawkin), and MATES Science Instructor and Advisor Adam Sprague.
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Students from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), Manahawkin, NJ, delivered an outstanding performance at the 2011 New Jersey Envirothon Competition held at Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah, New Jersey this past weekend. Led by MATES Science Instructors/Team Advisors Adam Sprague and David Werner, MATES Team 1 placed First Overall, competing against 38 teams in the state and repeating their first place finish of 2010.
The Envirothon Competition is a dynamic hands-on environmental education program for high school students throughout New Jersey. The main objective of the competition is to encourage students to become more active participants in natural resource management. Student teams explore natural resource related topics such as soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and current environmental issues. Teams are tested on environmental topics through hands-on interactive problem-solving, as well as a written test at each of five stations. Each team must also research and create a 10 minute presentation providing viable solutions to a real-world environmental concern, the topic of which is disclosed just five days prior to competition. Final ranking is based on the total points earned throughout the competition.
Members of MATES Team 1 are: Juniors Alex Hascha of Brick, Michelle Predi, Barnegat Light, Ryan Sullivan, of Forked River; Kelsey Lardiere of Manahawkin; and Jim Geddis of Jackson. These students will represent New Jersey at the 2011 Canon Envirothon National Competition, to be held at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Members of the 1st place team also received scholarship offers from several sources. Hascha, Predi and Sullivan were members of last year’s winning team also.
Members of MATES Team 2 –Juniors Evan Herrington, of Point Pleasant, Cala Champury of Brick, Athena Jones, of Brick, and sophomores Matthew Dentroux of Manahawkin; and Emily Golembiski of Little Egg Harbor, placed 9th overall and posted the highest overall in the Current Environmental Issues Division.
The Envirothon is sponsored by the NJ Department of Agriculture, the NJ State Soil Conservation Committee, the NJ Association of Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Soil Conservation Districts. Visit www.envirothon.org for more information.
The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), located in Manahawkin, New Jersey, is a four-year public high school administered by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) District. The school exists within the community to provide a unique, nurturing, and challenging hands-on learning experience for college bound and career-oriented students interested in pursuing a career in the marine sciences. MATES has been designed to give its students a rigorous academic curriculum with concentration in the areas of math, science, and technology. Students are selected from applications through a competitive process and enter at the ninth grade level. Applicants must reside in Ocean County to be eligible for admission. Visit www.ocvts.org for more information.