James Pinsky: Rams repeat as Envirothon champs

James Pinsky

Congratulations to Strasburg High School – again.

The Rams, led by teacher Brian Fisher, won the 2017 Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District local Envirothon.

The Shenandoah county-based team won last year as well.

This year’s Strasburg High School championship team included three veterans from the 2016 with Nathan McDonald, Hannah Orndorff, and Ethan Gochenour. Newcomers Haley Bischoff and Shelby Smith rounded out Fisher’s starting five for his “A” team.

Still, as good as the Rams “A” team was, they barely edged out a strong Frederick County-based Sherando High School team, 452-423. Ashlee Edwards, a teacher at Sherando High School coached this year’s runner-up.

The Virginia Envirothon is a natural resources-based competition for Virginia high school students. The Envirothon teams are challenged to learn and apply environmental science and natural resource management knowledge of soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and an alternating, year-to-year specific environmental issue. This year’s topic is “Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.”

Fisher’s squad won the competition with a strong overall performance and key first place finishes in three of the six Envirothon categories: Soils, Special Topic, and the dynamic Oral Presentation. Sherando High School grabbed top honors in Forestry and Wildlife and newcomer Mountain Vista Governors School had the top score in Aquatics.

Frederick County’s Millbrook High School, coached by John Borst, finished third overall and will join Strasburg High School and Sherando High School in representing Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District in the Area I Envirothon on April 26 at Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon.

At the end of the day more than 30 students and another 30 volunteers collaborated to learn, teach and appreciate all that is wild and wonderful about Virginia’s natural resources. Thank you to all of our students, teachers, volunteers and staff who helped make the 2017 Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District local Envirothon a success. 

James Pinsky is the education and information voordinator for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.  Contact him at 540.465.2424, ext. 104, or james.pinsky@lfswcd.org. Visit us at www.lfswcd.org or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/lfswcd