NHS Envirothon Wins State Title, Will Compete in Canada


Courtesy of NHS Envirothon

The Nonnewaug Envirothon team poses after winning the state championship May 18.

Emma Jones, Ag/FFA Reporter

WOODBURY – In the agriscience department at Nonnewaug High School, there are many extracurriculars that lead many of our students to success in the field they desire. One of those extracurriculars that combines agriscience with competition is Envirothon.

Envirothon is a competition-based club in which students study water, soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current issue. They compete as a team of five students at the state level. 

They engage in different practicum stations, and then the students make a presentation that they worked on for the past three or four months.

“Envirothon is an environmentally-themed competition where high schoolers compete in field tests and also use problem solving skills to solve certain situations,” said Liam Sandor, a member of the Envirothon club. 

Audra Leach, Nonnewaug’s natural resources teacher, is also the group’s leader.

“The team worked really hard together,” Leach said. “They attend Envirothon workshops throughout the year to gain knowledge from industry professionals.” 

Nonnewaug’s Envirothon team won the state competition May 18, so they are continuing their studies. Each state sends one team to an international competition which is being held this summer in Canada. Senior Gaby Fernandes and freshmen Luciano Pedros, Isabelle Longley, Leah Dorsey, and Selena Argiro-Bevilacqua completed the winning fivesome at the state competition.

The trip is being funded in a few different ways, but Connecticut Envirothon will pay for the travel cost, food, and housing.