Susquehanna Riverlands hosts Envirothon

wyovallwesta_1More than 170 juniors and seniors from high schools in 10 districts across Luzerne  County participated in the Envirothon at PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands on Earth Day.

The Envirothon is a scholastic competition in which teams compete to answer questions on a number of  environmental topics including aquatics, wildlife, soils, forestry and a “current issue” topic — this year’s topic was “Biodiversity.”

According to Amy Salansky, Envirothon coordinator with the Luzerne Conservation District, it was the largest number of students ever competing despite the fact that two schools that had attended last year were unable to come this year.

When it was all said and done, Team A from Wyoming Valley West (pictured above) took first place. They will go on to compete in the state Envirothon, with a chance to proceed to nationals.

Student teams must compete on their own, so teachers are kept separated from them during the competition. This year, PPL’s Susquehanna Community Relations Manager Joe Scopelliti entertained the educators with a presentation on the proposed Bell Bend nuclear plant.

The Luzerne Conservation District and the Riverlands would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s Envirothon and made it such a success.

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