The Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon is a natural resources competition that tests teams on soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and a special topic chosen each year that allows the students to work to solve real world environmental problems. This year’s Virginia Dominion Energy Local Envirothon Competition event sponsored by the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District and partly funded by Dominion Energy Company occurred in two days — an intense day of training and a testing day at the Herbert Bateman Education and Administrative Center, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The local high schools that participated in the training were Arcadia High School (Coach Marianne Simko), Broadwater Academy (two teams – Coach Sandra Thornton), Chincoteague High School (Coach Fred Gers), Nandua High School (Coach Julie Head) and Northampton High School (two teams—Coach Kelsey Gaskins and Coach Andrea McCready). Arcadia High School placed first and Broadwater Academy placed second at this year’s Local Dominion Energy Envirothon Competition. Both teams competed in the AREA VI Envirothon Competition on April 18th sponsored by the James River Soil and Water Conservation District and partly funded by Dominion Energy Company & Smithfield Foods at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm in Petersburg, VA. Arcadia High School placed third at the Area VI competition advancing their team to the State Competition being held May 20-21, 2018 at Ferrum College.

Eastern Shore SWCD would like to thank the trainers and judges who participated in the local competition: (Soils) H.L. Kellam from USDA Farm Service Agency and Cole Charnock from the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District, (Forestry) Robbie Lewis and Kenny Midget from the VA Dept. of Forestry and (Special Topic) Jenny Templeton from NRCS, (Wildlife) Jeremy Tarwater from VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, (Aquatics) Alex Ramey from Chincoteague Bay Field Station, and (Presentation Judges) Sally Richardson, Theresa Pittman, Ursula Deitch, Tamsey Ellis, and Laurel Wilkerson. Many thanks to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for hosting the 2018 Local Envirothon and to all the wonderful volunteers who made this event possible!