POLAND SPRING — Poland Spring hosted 100 high school students and 30 volunteers at the 2010 Southwestern Maine Envirothon competition recently. The event was planned and coordinated by a team of partners from Androscoggin Valley, Cumberland, Franklin, Oxford and York County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Participants included 17 teams of young people from the following 10 high schools across southern and central Maine: Jay, Lewiston, Bonny Eagle, Greely, Mt. Ararat, Westbrook, Lake Region, Dirigo, Lisbon and Casco Bay high schools, as well as the Science Explorer Post 897 of Farmington and and Boghaunter Home School of Casco and Gray.

Envirothon, the largest high school environmental education program in North America, is a natural resource problem solving competition for student in grades nine through 12.

The top four winning teams at the competition were: first place, Boghaunter Home School; second place, Mt. Ararat High School, team one; third place, Jay High School, team two; fourth place, Lisbon High School. The four teams will go on to compete in the state competition on May 27 at Husson University in Bangor. The winning team at the state competition will then head to the North American competition in California in early August.