2018 Texas Envirothon

Richardson High School Team Spartacus
Richardson High School takes top honors at the Texas Envirothon on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Pictured (l. to r.) are Kathleen Garland, UHCL, Hayley Smith, Patrick Mishler, Olivia Brown, Caroline Cummings, Annalis Mach, and Mark Kramer, Armand Bayou Nature Center. The team will represent Texas at the NCF-Envirothon in July.

Richardson High School wins Texas Envirothon

Houston, TX, April 19, 2018—A five-member team of high school students from Richardson, Texas, is the winner of the 2018 Texas Envirothon championship. The Academy of Science and Technology earned second place, and third place went to Clear Lake High School. The event took place April 14 through 16 in Houston.

“Envirothon is a way for students to get hands-on experience in environmental science,” said Wendy Reistle, program coordinator of the Texas Envirothon. “Preparation for the competition, as well as the competition itself, brings together natural resource professionals and students who may be interested in those careers.”

Students on the winning team are Hayley Smith, Olivia Brown, Patrick Mishler, Annalis Mach, and Caroline Cummings. The team will travel to Pocatello, Idaho, to compete against teams from the states and Canadian provinces for scholarships at the NCF-Envirothon. Tony Strohmeyer and Alisa Salvans served as the team’s advisers.

Top scoring teams on the field exam by topic and in the oral presentation were recognized during an afternoon ceremony at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Richardson High School’s Team Spartacus took the top spot in Aquatics and Oral Presentation. Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Issue went to the Academy of Science and Technology Roadrunners. The Science Academy of South Texas Team Maroon took first place in Soils.

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


  • University of Houston
  • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake