Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
A team of five St. John's Prep students participated in the International Canon Envirothon from July 23-28, at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. They competed against 54 of the top teams representing states and provinces of the U.S. and Canada. They earned a very respectable 17th place.
The team is coached by Mary Ellenbecker Johnson, SJP's Environmental Science and Biology teacher and includes the following Prep students:
Claire Arnold, junior, daughter of John and Margaret Arnold of Kimball; Claire Culligan, sophomore, daughter of Robert and Susan Culligan of Avon; Madeline Franz, senior, daughter of Neil Franz and Jean Didier of Albany; Hannah Friedrich, junior, daughter of William and Michelle Friedrich of St. Joseph; and Rebecca Hare, senior, daughter of Kathy Neufeld of Albany and Robert Hare of Freeport.
The Canon Envirothon is an annual competition for high school students that have won their state or province event. The students must demonstrate their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management in the areas of forestry, aquatics, wildlife, soil science and a current topic. The current topic this year dealt with the many issues surrounding estuary ecology. Canon photography awards very generous scholarships and other prizes to the top 15 teams. Possibly even more important is the vast amount of knowledge the students gain in ecological science during this process and the affect it has on their attitudes and choices throughout their lives.