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2015 Texas Envirothon

Academy of Science and Technology
Academy of Science and Technology Team A takes top honors at the 2015 Texas Envirothon at Schreiner University in Kerrville. Pictured (l. to r.) are Colton Nettleton, Andie Tong, Eleanor Shaul, Michael Bohnet, Horatia Fang, and Dean Diana Comuzzie, Trull School of Sciences & Mathematics.

Academy of Science and Technology wins Texas Envirothon

Kerrville, TX, April 16, 2015--A five-member team of students from the Academy of Science & Technology is the winner of the 2015 Texas Envirothon--an environmental competition for high school students. Richardson High School took second place, and the John Cooper School placed third. Twenty teams from across Texas took part in this year's competition. The event was held April 11-13 at Schreiner University in Kerrville.

The winning team will travel to Springfield, Mo., to compete at the national competition. Students on the winning team are Michael Bohnet, Horatia Fang, Colton Nettleton, Eleanor Shaul, and Andie Tong. The team advisors are Linda Costanzo and Larry Walker.

Awards were given to the top scoring teams on the field exam by topic and for the top team in the oral presentation during a Monday afternoon ceremony at Schreiner University. The Academy of Science and Technology Team A took first place in Forestry and Soils. Richardson Team A took the top award for Aquatics and Wildlife. The Current Issue winner was Rio Hondo Ocelots. Science Academy of South Texas Team Maroon won first in Oral Presentation. Two special awards were also presented. Richardson Team B received the Extra Mile award and the Rookie Team award was presented to Clear Falls High School and St. John's School for earning the top field test score among first-time team participants.

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Financial support for the event was provided by conservation districts and natural resource related agencies and businesses from across Texas.

  • Eastman
  • LyondellBasell
  • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
  • Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation
  • NCF-Envirothon/U.S. Forest Service
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Texas Forestry Association
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston
  • San Antonio Water System
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education
  • Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District


  • Schreiner University
  • Riverside Nature Center
  • Kerrville Wildlife Management Area
  Key Topics & Learning Objectives

Urban and Community Forestry

Key Topics

  1. Understand what sustainable urban & community forestry is and why it is important.
  2. Understand of the numerous benefits of urban/community forests to society, often referred to as ecosystem services.
  3. Understand the costs associated with urban/community forests.
  4. Understand what an urban forest management plan is and why it is an essential tool.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the economic, social, and environmental benefits of urban/community trees to local communities.
  2. Comprehension of the effects of urban/community trees on air quality and water quality.
  3. Knowledge of research showing that trees contribute to our health, well-being and quality of life.
  4. Understanding of threats to urban/community forests such as invasive species, insect and diseases, climate change, fire, air pollution, lack of management capability and development pressures.
  5. Understand what a tree inventory is and what it is used for.
  6. Understand the components of an urban/community forest management plan.
  7. Basic knowledge of models and tools used to calculate the value of tree canopy functions.

NCF-Envirothon Learning Objectives, Urban and Community Forestry Background, Oral Presentation Scenario

  Participating Schools
  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • Clear Falls High School, League City
  • The John Cooper School, The Woodlands
  • J Frank Dobie High School, Houston
  • Harmony School of Science, Sugarland
  • Hallsville High School, Hallsville
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • Rio Hondo High School, Rio Hondo
  • St John's School, Houston
  • Science Academy of South Texas, Mercedes
  • South Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie
  • Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, Pharr
  • Williamson County 4-H, Georgetown
  • Texas Envirothon

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