Saegertown’s students take second at annual Envirothon competition

by Stevie Siple, staff writer

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Saegertown students competed at this year’s Envirothon competition on May 2.

The eighty degree weather at the 2018 Envirothon on May 2 provided a comfortable atmosphere for eager environmentalists at Pymatuning State Park in Jamestown, Pa.

Specializing in categories of wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils, and current issue, three teams from Saegertown competed against teams from Crawford and Mercer counties.

Finishing in second place overall were the Tyrannosaurus Grex which includes seniors Laura Monico, Kaity Gage, Michael Chess, Bailey Kozalla, and freshman Landis Crawford. These competitors combined their knowledge to outscore eight other teams in the county. However, the CASH Eagle Ecologists were able to score more points to take the first place trophy.

Rotating between each station worth one hundred points each, the T-Grex scored 73 in soils, 83 in forestry, 65 in aquatics, 86 in current issue, and 60 in wildlife. Their impressive 367 point total, however, couldn’t top Conneaut Area’s 460 point total.

“We didn’t do as well as we wanted to, but finishing second is still a good place to finish knowing how many other really good teams there was,” Mike Chess said.

T. Grex dominates at Envirothon

by Grant Phelan, staff writer

For the last few weeks, three science teams from Saegertown have been studying up on a variety of environmental topics: Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatics, Soils, and Current Events for the annual Envirothon competition.

On Wednesday May 3, that preparation paid off as team Tyrannosaurus Grex brought home top honors in Aquatics and Wildlife, along with placing third overall.

“I was very happy and did not expect much less,” junior Mike Chess said. “We have a very strong, smart group of kids.”

Thirteen teams from across Crawford County traveled to Jamestown Park to compete in the aforementioned categories. For winning Aquatics with a score of 63, team members were given a one year subscription to “PA Boat and Angler” Magazine and a ten dollar gift certificate to Acorn Naturalist, a science and environmental education supplier.

Chess was the specialist in Aquatics for Grex, which was the B team in the competition for Saegertown. Members included seniors Grant Phelan and Tyler Brooks, and juniors Colton Beck, Chess, and Laura Monico. They also were awarded another ten dollar gift certificate and a Game Commission “Working for Wildlife 2017” patch for their first place Wildlife score of 78.

“I was really happy and not surprised to be honest. Our team worked really well together,” junior Laura Monico said. “I plan to donate my certificates to Mr. Greco so he can buy materials to help our envirothon teams grow and succeed.”