Mon­tague stu­dents win Pro­vin­cial For­est En­vi­rothon

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY STEVE SHAR­RATT THE GUARDIAN

If at first you don’t suc­ceed try, try again.

That’s an old adage some Mon­tague High School stu­dents adopted this year and won the Pro­vin­cial For­est En­vi­rothon.

This was the third year in a row the same five-mem­ber team has en­tered and suc­cess was sweet.

“We re­ally worked well as a team this year and we pulled it off,” said Chloe Jar­dine.

Team mem­bers said the first year was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and the se­cond year nabbed some high marks, but not the cham­pi­onship.

“It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing for us all,’’ said Tara Llewellyn. “We con­cen­trated on in­va­sive species.”

The team was pre­sented the award by Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ties, Land and En­vi­ron­ment, Robert Mitchell.

“The Pro­vin­cial For­est En­vi­rothon is a unique education pro­gram that fo­cuses on nat­u­ral re­source sci­ences such as forestry, soils and land use, wa­ter and aquatic ecosys­tems, and wildlife habi­tats,” said Mitchell. “I con­grat­u­late all Is­land high school stu­dents ed­u­cat­ing them­selves on th­ese im­por­tant aspects of our en­vi­ron­ment and wish the stu­dents from MRHS the best of luck as they rep­re­sent our prov­ince on the in­ter­na­tional stage this sum­mer.”

Mem­bers of the win­ning team are Tara Llewellyn, Chloe Jar­dine, Bethany MacKen­zie, Emily Brothers and Amanda Gorm­ley. They will rep­re­sent Prince Ed­ward Is­land at the 2016 North Amer­i­can En­vi­rothon in Peter­bor­ough, On­tario in July.

Seven teams from five Is­land high schools com­peted at the 2016 event which in­cluded train­ing days, study pro­grams and a two-day com­pe­ti­tion at Camp Seg­gie. This year’s theme En­vi­rothon theme was In­va­sive Species and their Im­pacts on our En­vi­ron­ment.

Mitchell also rec­og­nized the ef­forts of the team’s teacher/ad­viser Matthew Killeen as he helped his stu­dents pre­pare for the event. Turn the pages of The Guardian to find Jack Frost, Suzy Snowflake and the Oc­to­nauts. Each will have a let­ter from the al­pha­bet. Col­lect all six let­ters, un­scram­ble them to spell a word.

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