• Twelve high school teams from Allegany, Mountain Ridge, Fort Hill High Schools, and Bishop Walsh School competed in the 33rd annual Envirothon competition at Rocky Gap State Park. The event tested the team’s abilities in the areas of Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, Soil and Land Use, and Adapting to a Changing Climate. At the conclusion of the competition, one Allegany team named “The Flower Rangers” prevailed as the winner. “The Beetles” from Mountain Ridge placed second.  Mountain Ridge’s “Sassy Sinnamon Sticks” and Allegany’s “Wild Style” teams placed third and fourth, respectively.

    “The Flower Rangers”, coached by Anne Stark has qualified to attend the State Envirothon event on June 15th and 16th at the Western 4H Center Park in Garrett County, Maryland. Team members include Kinsey Hostetler, Daniel Ly, Audrey Rader, Colin Sheehe, and Sam Wu. “The Flower Rangers” from Allegany swept all five of the categories of Aquatics, Wildlife, Soils, Forestry, and Adapting to a Changing Climate en route to a 425-point first-place finish.

    Thank you to all the individuals and groups that help to make the Envirothon a success each year. Special thanks to the District Commissioner of the Allegany County Soils Department for donating the wildlife pictures for the winning teams and each association that offered gifts for the winners of each topic.