2005 Texas Envirothon

John Cooper High School-Team B Wins First Place in 5th Annual Texas Envirothon

The Texas Envirothon was held on April 10 and 11, 2005, at The Big Thicket National Preserve, in Kountze, TX. The Envirothon is an academic, extra-curricular environmental and natural resource education program and competition designed for high school students. Teams of five students work together to answer questions focusing on five areas of study (aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental issue, which changes each year). In addition to the field experience, students also participate in an oral component focusing on a local environmental problem.

Nine teams participated in the fourth annual competition including:

  • Chapel Hill High School Team A (Mt. Pleasant)
  • Chapel Hill High School Team B (Mt. Pleasant)
  • Churchill High School (San Antonio)
  • Conroe Academy of Science and Technology Team A
  • Conroe Academy of Science and Technology Team B
  • John Cooper High School Team A (The Woodlands)
  • John Cooper High School Team B (The Woodlands)
  • Paschal High School (Ft. Worth)
  • South Grand Prairie High School (Dallas)

The competition began on Sunday afternoon at The Kirby Nature Trail in the Big Thicket National Preserve where students participated in the field test. The teams of students rotated from station to station, answering questions relating to each topic. Questions involved deductive thinking combining knowledge from all five areas, using the appropriate field equipment, and a total team effort. Sunday evening, the teams were presented with information focusing on managing cultural landscapes and were asked to develop a proposal addressing a management plan for the cultural landscapes of the Big Thicket National Preserve, the oral component of this competition. Areas of consideration included: Oil and gas drilling on park lands, control of feral hog populations, proper management of cultural resources, and environmentally responsible behavior. The presentation also considered the impact on economic, environmental and cultural issues.

Leslie Dubey, Lisa Jameson, and Mary Johnston (Ma Thicket), presented background information to the students, so that they might better prepare for the oral presentation question. The students were then sequestered with supervision for three hours to work on their presentations. The presentations were given to a panel of judges on Monday morning.

Awards are given to the top scoring teams on the field/written exam, by topic, and for the top team in the oral presentations. The winners were:

Aquatics:
John Cooper High School Team A (The Woodlands)
John Cooper High School Team B (The Woodlands)

Forestry:
Paschal High School (Ft. Worth)

Soils:
Chapel Hill High School Team B (Mt. Pleasant)
John Cooper High School Team A (The Woodlands)

Wildlife:
John Cooper High School Team B (The Woodlands)

Current Issue:
John Cooper High School Team A (The Woodlands)

Oral Presentation:
John Cooper High School Team B (The Woodlands)

Top Three Awards:

1st Place:
John Cooper High School Team B (The Woodlands)

2nd Place:
John Cooper High School Team A (The Woodlands)

3rd Place:
Conroe Academy of Science and Technology Team A (Conroe)

John Cooper High School Team B will represent Texas in the International Canon Envirothon, which will be held in Springfield, Missouri, July 18 - July 23, 2005.

A special thank you goes out to over 40 volunteers representing state and local agencies along with other interested groups and individuals who donated their time on Sunday and Monday.

2005 Texas Envirothon

Sponsors

  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Environmental Institute of Houston
  • Canon USA
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Harris County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Richardson Environmental Action League
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education
  • Texas A & M Extension
  • Lower Trinity Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Walker County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Coastal Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Navasota Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Lower Neches Soil & Water Conservation