2017 Texas Envirothon

Academy of Science and Technology
Academy of Science and Technology takes top honors at the Texas Envirothon on Monday, April 10, 2017, at the TTU Center at Junction. Pictured (l. to r.) are Tom Arsuffi, Director of the Llano River Field Station, Sanjana Ramchandran, Indiana Schnicer, Amanda Varner, Ilam Silva, and Lucas Warma. The team will represent Texas at the NCF Envirothon.

Academy of Science and Technology Wins Texas Envirothon

Junction, TX, April 20, 2017–-A team of high school students from the Academy of Science and Technology won the 2017 Texas Envirothon championship in Junction, Texas. The event took place April 8 through 10 at the Llano River Field Station Texas Tech University Center at Junction. The Science Academy of South Texas earned second place, and third place went to Richardson High School.

“Envirothon is a great way for high school students to get hands-on experience and an introduction to potential natural resource careers,” said Wendy Reistle, program coordinator of the Texas Envirothon. “The competition also exposes students to real environmental issues that need to be addressed.”

The five-member team will travel to Emmitsburg, Md., to compete against teams from the states and Canadian provinces for scholarships at the NCF-Envirothon. Students on the winning team are Amanda Varner, Ilam Silva, Lucas Warma, Sanjana Ramchandran, and Indiana Schnicer. Linda Costanzo and Larry Walker served as the team’s advisers.

Awards were given to the top scoring teams on the field exam by topic and for the top team in the oral presentation during an afternoon ceremony. Clear Lake High School took the top spot in Aquatics. Forestry and Soils were won by the Academy of Science and Technology Team Osprey. The Science Academy of South Texas took first place for both Wildlife and Current Issue. Academy of Science and Technology Team Wolf Spider placed first in the Oral Presentation.

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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 Chemical Company
  • LyondellBasell
  • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
  • NCF-Envirothon/U.S. Forest Service
  • Texas Forestry Association Education Fund
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston
  • Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Native American Seed
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education


  • Llano River Field Station TTU Center at Junction
  • South Llano River State Park


  Current Issue: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship

Key Topics

  1. Soil and Water Conservation best management practices; their purpose and implementation.
  2. How are soil and water conservation best management practices interrelated to the management of wildlife, forestry and aquatic systems?
  3. How do agriculturists maintain a balance between their quality of life versus the quality of the environment?

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and recommend soil and water conservation best management practices in agriculture.
  2. Describe the role of the federal government in conservation programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.
  3. Identify the concept of soil quality/health to provide the needed functions for the conservation planning process.
  4. Identify various types of soil erosion and utilize different methods to estimate and predict soil erosion to assess land use impacts.
    • RUSLE equation
    • Aerial Photographs
    • Topographic Maps
    • Soil Maps
    • USDA Classification System
    • Soil Surveys
  5. Explain why land-use planning is important to our ecosystems and to our economy to achieve sustainable agriculture.
  Participating Schools
  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • Klein Collins High School, Spring
  • Clear Falls High School, League City
  • Clear Lake High School, Houston
  • Junction High School, Junction
  • East Central High School, San Antonio
  • J. Frank Dobie High School, Pasadena
  • East Early College High School, Houston
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • Rio Hondo High School, Rio Hondo
  • St. John’s School, Houston
  • The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands
  • Science Academy of South Texas, Mercedes
  • Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, Pharr
  • College Park High School, The Woodlands
  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045
    Email: reistle@uhcl.edu

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    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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