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North High Places Second in National Envirothon Event

Front: (left to right) Advisor Sarah Barton, Amal Al Lozi, Rebecca Frankenberger; Back: Advisor Russ Barton, Kathleen Beilsmith, Jenny Bower and Jon Lee
The five-member team of high school students from Parkway North High School took second place at the 2008 Envirothon, a weeklong North American environmental education competition.
The competition was held July 28 through Aug. 3 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. More than 265 students from 45 states and nine Canadian provinces studied environmental issues and resource conservation, while competing for a share of more than $125,000 in scholarships and prizes. Each student on the North High team received a $4,000 scholarship and Canon equipment. Team members include Amal Al Lozi, Kathleen Beilsmith, Jenny Bower, Rebecca Frankenberger and Jon Lee. Their advisors are Russ and Sarah Barton.
The Envirothon tests students on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and an additional current environmental issue. The theme of this year’s competition was Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources. The competing teams focused on long-term and short-term environmental, social and economic factors relative to recreational impacts upon natural resources and their management.
Each team’s knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife specialists and other natural resource professionals. Teamwork, problem solving and presentation skills are evaluated as each team offers a panel of judges an oral presentation containing recommendations for solving the specific challenge that is presented during the competition.
The Envirothon competition is sponsored by Canon U.S.A. Inc.