Urbana High School recently placed sixth in the 2021 virtual Maryland Envirothon competition out of more than 50 teams from across the state.

Maryland Envirothon brings together teams of five students from across the state who work together to study Maryland’s natural resources over the course of the school year. All topics are hands-on and include practical skills and the trainings taught by experts in each field. Topics include aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife.

Catoctin, Linganore, Middletown, Tuscarora and Walkersville high schools also competed. Each team competed in all four topic areas.

In addition to placing sixth overall, Urbana High also placed second in the wildlife category.

“This is a natural-resources, hands-on education program that Frederick County Public Schools has been involved with since 1991,” Barry Burch, FCPS Envirothon coordinator, said in a statement. “In a normal year, we take the local students to Cunningham Falls State Park where the resource professionals provide them with authentic assessments. This interaction with the students has often given our high schoolers a sense of direction after they graduate.”

Coaching the Urbana High team this year were Beth McCook and Suzanne Folk. The participating students were Ember Carrera, Orion Carrera, Sarina Huang, Chaeyeon (Sarah) Lee and Mary Winram.

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Sounds like a good program that could/should be expanded to cover additional areas of concern, such as the study of they way typical households use resources, the local impacts of growing populations, etc. If you just study the habitats you don't have as direct a link of our adverse impact on those habitats.

I think it would be great to start educating the next generation of politicians to analyze all of the impacts of population growth on an area and not just the economic impact. Then we may be able to break the cycle of promoting population growth as a way to achieve economic growth. We should strive for economic growth without the population growth.

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