Pennsylvania Students Win Canon Envirothon
LAKE SUCCESS, New York, Jul. 31 - /EWire/ -- For the second straight year, a team from Pennsylvania captured first place at the 2001 Canon Envirothon competition that concluded July 28th at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, just outside the capitol city of Jackson. North East High School students Carson Engelskirger, Markus Fish, Doug Fynan, Justin Pierson and Jeremy Stempka, all Eagle Scouts, defeated teams from 41 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces for a share of $30,000 in college scholarship awards.
Following four days of hands-on study and research about soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and urban non-point source pollution, the North East High School team members recorded the highest combined score for their field tests and oral presentations. Coached by advisors Patrick Coyne and John Hallenburg, their Scoutmaster, and sponsored by the Erie County Conservation District, team members will each receive a $3,000 Canon Envirothon College Scholarship to the university or trade school of their choice. Students from Mississippi and North Carolina, second and third place winners, respectively, also received scholarships. "Every year, our competition grows stronger and more challenging, and this year's competitors were a delight," said Tamra Cikaitoga, chairperson of the Canon Envirothon Executive Committee. "I applaud these students for their competitive spirit, the dedication with which they prepare for this competition and their strong commitment to the environment. They are an extraordinary group of young people."
The competition began July 25th when students began learning about Mississippi's natural resources. The students demonstrated their knowledge in hands-on field tests, with scores from these tests representing over half of the total score they would receive at the competition's end. The final part of the competition challenged each team to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of urban non-point source pollution on the water quality in Jackson. The teams were then sequestered with only their notes from the field instruction and presentation materials to prepare their plans, which they presented to a panel of expert judges. Five teams were chosen as finalists to compete for the scholarship awards.
"The Canon Envirothon encourages young people to take an interest in their environment and to realize they have the power to positively affect it," said Keith Paglen, manager of Cause Marketing and Philanthropy for Canon U.S.A., the competition's title sponsor. "We support this event because environmental conservation is taken very seriously at Canon."
The students learned about the environmental issues facing the Jackson area through visits to Lefleur's Bluff State Park, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, and the Turcotte Nature Center, a former fish hatchery. Urban/household non-point source pollution, this year's topic, is one of the Jackson area's major concerns, so hosting the Canon Envirothon offered a unique opportunity for resource experts in Mississippi to shed new light on the issue.
"Hosting the Envirothon offers a great chance to bring students with new ideas and environmental experts together to focus on a problem," said Clay Burns, chairman of the Canon Envirothon 2001 Mississippi Host Committee. "We've been working on non-point source pollution for some time, and were interested in what new insights might arise. We're delighted with the outcome of this competition, and look forward to investigating some of the fresh approaches suggested."
Throughout the five-day Canon Envirothon, students met and mingled with their peers who traveled from as far away as California, British Columbia and Maine. They swapped stories along with memorabilia from home, including pins, t-shirts, Idaho "spuddy buddies" and animal figurines carved from West Virginia coal. To qualify for the international event, each team competed in local, regional and state or provincial competitions that took place earlier this year.
The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts hosted this year's event, which is supported and run by U.S. soil and water conservation districts, forestry associations and other sponsors in the United States and Canada, including the U.S. Forest Service. More than 600 volunteers, students and advisors participated in this year's competition to make it a success.
The Canon Envirothon began in 1979 as a competition sponsored by three Pennsylvania soil and water conservation districts. In 1993 the event became an international competition and Canon signed on as the title sponsor in 1999. The 2002 Canon Envirothon will take place in Amherst, Massachusetts on the campus of Hampshire College.
Canon U.S.A. is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions and, through its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of imaging technologies. Canon works to protect the environment through its award-winning Clean Earth Campaign, which encompasses development of energy-efficient products, equipment remanufacturing and refurbishment, workplace conservation and the protection of endangered species and their habitats through donations and employee volunteerism. Canon's environmental accomplishments include:
Developing an environmentally sensitive copier series that won the 2000 "Copier of the Future Award of Excellence" from the International Energy Agency. Canon's imageRUNNER 2200/2800/3300 models not only meet, but greatly exceed U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR qualification criteria. Canon's patented RAPID Fusing System dramatically reduces the energy consumed during warm-up and sleep modes to less than 25% that of conventional copiers. Among numerous environmentally sensitive features, the machines have a lead-, halogen- and chrome-free design, which eliminates the release of these potentially harmful substances when the equipment is disposed or recycled. Collecting for recovery more than 45 million Canon-manufactured toner cartridges used in copiers, laser printers and facsimile machines. Providing three-year, $75,000 scholarships to doctoral students whose innovative research addresses conservation issues critical to U.S. National Parks. Underwriting since 1990 the award-winning PBS series NATURE, the leading public television program on nature and wildlife. The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices, digital and analog copiers (color and black and white) printers, scanners, facsimile machines, camcorders, cameras and lenses; semiconductor, broadcast and medical equipment. Canon Americas employs 12,000 . Canon employs 12,000 people at more than 30 facilities throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
2001 Canon Envirothon Award Winners
1st Place - Pennsylvania - North East High School Sponsored by the Erie County Conservation District $3,000 scholarship to each team member
2nd Place - Mississippi - Amory High School Sponsored by the Monroe County Conservation District $2,000 scholarship to each team member
3rd Place - North Carolina - Enloe High School Sponsored by the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District $1,000 scholarship to each team member
4th Place - New Jersey - Kittatinny Regional High School Sponsored by the Morris Soil Conservation District Canon ELPH Sport camera to each team member
5th Place - New Hampshire - Keene High School Sponsored by Cheshire County Canon ELPH Sport camera to each team member
6th Place - Minnesota - Rushford High School Sponsored by Fillmore; Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District Canon SureShot 85 Zoom camera to each team member
7th Place - Maryland - Joppatowne High School Sponsored by the Maryland Envirothon/Harford Soil Conservation District Canon SureShot 85 Zoom camera to each team member
8th Place - Kentucky - Southwestern High School Sponsored by the Pulaski County Soil and Water Conservation District Canon SureShot 85 Zoom camera to each team member
9th Place - Connecticut - Litchfield High School Sponsored by the Litchfield County Conservation District Canon SureShot 85 Zoom camera to each team member
10th Place - California - Adolfo Camarillo High School Sponsored by the Ventura County Resource Conservation District Canon SureShot 85 camera to each team member
Aquatics - Ohio, Logan H.S. - Sponsored by the Hocking SWCD
Forestry - Maryland, Joppatowne .H.S.
Soils - New Jersey, Kittatinny Regional H.S.
Wildlife - Mississippi, Amory H.S.
Urban Non-Point Source Pollution (Current Issue) - Massachusetts, Needham Area Home Schoolers - Sponsored by Norfolk
Oral Presentation - North Carolina, Enloe H.S. and Wisconsin, Middleton H.S. - sponsored by WLWCA
Rookie Team of the Year- Oregon, McMinville H.S. - Sponsored by Marion SWCD
Dale E. Watermeier Extra Mile Awards - Ontario, West Hill Secondary School - Sponsored by Ontario Forestry Association & Tennessee, Oak Ridge H.S.