St. Mary’s Ryken Envirothon Group Wins Local Competition

News Release, St. Mary’s Ryken High School

The Envirothon is a problem-solving natural resource competition for high school student teams. In St. Mary’s County, the Envirothon is sponsored by the local district with financial support coming from many local businesses, organizations and individuals.

Students with the 1st place trophy. From left: Club moderator and history teacher Jackson Webb, Dylan Brown, Ethan Redding, Abigail Halterman, Caroline Daley, Robert “Bobby” Cooper (St. Mary’s Soil Conversation Chairman and Ryken High School ’76 alum) and Christine Shatrowsky

Over the course of the school year, five St. Mary’s Ryken Advanced Placement environmental science students traveled to a farm in Valley Lee, Maryland, to participate in Envirothon training. In April, they competed against other St. Mary’s County schools on their knowledge of current environmental topics alongside a test of practical skills, and SMR earned first place!

The topics this year were soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife, and a special fifth issue: Agriculture and the Environment — Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.

Caroline Daley and Christine Shatrowsky participate in Envirothon training on a farm in Valley Lee, Maryland.

In June, the SMR team will represent St. Mary’s County at the state competition at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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