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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2013


    May 6, 2013

    Jean Sullivian, May 6, 2013

    Members of the MATES Envirothon Team A are, left to right: MATES Science Instructor and Advisor Adam Sprague,Students, and MATES Science Instructor and Advisor David Werner.


    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Students from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), Manahawkin, NJ, delivered an outstanding performance and continued their winning streak at the 2013 New Jersey Envirothon Competition held at Camp Kettle Run, in Burlington County, New Jersey this past weekend. Led by MATES Science Instructors/Team Advisors Adam Sprague and David Werner, MATES Team A placed First Overall  as well as earning top honors in the Aquatics and Wildlife individual categories. Thirty three teams from all over New Jersey competed. MATES students have won the New Jersey Envirothon for the past four years.

    This was a challenging year for MATES Envirothon teams as nine out of ten team members from last year had graduated so new team members have been training extremely hard all year.

    According to MATES Advisor Adam Sprague, “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by our members. It was quite an accomplishment considering it was the first year competing for 9 out of the 10 team members. We now turn our attention to Montana which offers an exciting variety of challenges in terms of preparation for our students.”

    MATES Principal Alison Carroll added, ‘We are extremely proud of our teams and their continued success at the State-level Envirothon competition. They worked very hard this year to prepare – this win for MATES is well-deserved!

    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 Aare: Senior Emily Golembiski, Little Egg Harbor; junior Jill Hubbard, Manchester; sophomores Megan Tumpey, Brick; Michael Signorelli, Toms River; and Gillian Schriever, West Creek. Team 1 now advances to the Canon North America Envirothon, to be held in Montana in August.

    Members of MATES Team B finished 6th Place overall. Team members are: Juniors Connor Giles, Toms River and Tom Ertle, Jackson; sophomores Althea Loucanides, Manahawkin and DanaRose Brown, Little Egg Harbor and  freshman John Taglang, Barnegat. (continued)

    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.

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