Attached picture: The Hardin Northern Envirothon team competed at the State Envirothon, June 10-11, at Deer Creek State Park. Team members are, from left: Billy Mills, Austin Douglas, Breanna Vanderpool, Brett Roby, and Brandon Smith. (Photo submitted)
Attached picture: The Hardin Northern Envirothon team competed at the State Envirothon, June 10-11, at Deer Creek State Park. Team members are, from left: Billy Mills, Austin Douglas, Breanna Vanderpool, Brett Roby, and Brandon Smith. (Photo submitted)

DOLA - One hundred students representing each area of the state from 17 high schools and 20 teams competed at the 2013 Ohio Envirothon, which was held held at Deer Creek State Park, June 10-11. The Ohio Envirothon is a competitive outdoor team event designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources for high school students. The annual event is an outdoor academic competition that tests students' knowledge of soil and land use, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues.

Each team consists of five students that work cooperatively in teams to answer questions prepared by ODNR Divisions of Wildlife and Soil and Water Resources, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Pheasants Forever. Sponsors of this year's competition include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Soil and Water Resources and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Locally, the Hardin Soil and Water District assisted with sponsoring the teams at both the area and state levels.

More than 1,500 students participated in Area Envirothons, with 100 students earning the opportunity to compete at the Ohio Envirothon. The top teams from each of the state's five regional Envirothon competitions competed, answering questions at field test sites and preparing a short oral presentation on this year's topic: Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with Non-Agricultural uses on Rangelands.

This year students from Hardin Northern competed in the state competition after placing second in the area competition at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in April. Members of the team are Billy Mills, Austin Douglas, Brandon Smith, Brett Roby, and Breanna Vanderpool and are coached by FFA Advisor Anna Creswell.

Additional competitors hailed from five different areas. Schools representing northwest Ohio (Area 1) were: Fort Jennings High School, Delta FFA and Hardin Northern High School. Representing northeast Ohio (Area 2) were: Chardon High School, Perry, and United High School. Granville High School, Mid-East Career Center, Edison FFA, and Olney Friends School represented east-central Ohio (Area 3). Franklin High School, Centerville High School and Sycamore High School represented southwest Ohio (Area 4). Schools representing central/southeast Ohio (Area 5) were: West Union High School, Delaware Career Center, Lynchburg-Clay, and Dublin Coffman High School. The Chardon Red team won the statewide competition and will represent Ohio in Bozeman, Montana at the national competition.