BANGOR — As a result of the State Envirothon held on May 31 at the University of Maine in Orono, Spruce Mountain High School, North Campus, Team 1 (formerly Jay High School) was selected to represent Maine at the International Canon Envirothon competition in Pennsylvania in July.
The Maine Association of Conservation Districts awarded plaques to the three top-scoring high school teams at the event. Second place went to Boghaunter Home School from Gray/Casco and placing third was Spruce Mountain High School, North Campus, Team 3. Sixteen teams representing 14 Maine high schools competed.
Members of the team from Boghaunter Academy were Maya Critchfield, Ansel Critchfield and Emily Ross.
Members of Spruce Mountain 3 were Tyler Ritter, Erik Taylor, Alyssa Timberlake, Emily Taylor and Lucas Preble.
The major objective of the Maine Envirothon is to provide opportunities for high school students or organized groups of high school-aged students to acquire and increase their outdoor skills and scientific knowledge about Maine’s natural resources so that they can make informed, educated decisions about the environment. It provides students with reference materials, workshops and hands-on, outdoor, real-life experiences in five areas including forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics, and a current issue — this year being non-point source pollution/low impact development.
Other high schools competing in the state finals included Belfast, Bonny Eagle, Brunswick, Easton, Hampden Academy, Hodgdon, Lake Region, Lisbon, Mt. Ararat, Piscataquis, Presque Isle and Spruce Mountain High School, South Campus.
As part of the closing festivities, Poland Spring representatives presented a $500 check to the winning Spruce Mountain team towards their travel expenses to the international competition.
Scholarships announced at the event from the University of Maine included $2,000 from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture to Shaunna Damboise from Spruce Mountain High School and a $2,000 scholarship from the College of Engineering to Samantha Hutchinson from Spruce Mountain High School.