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Enviro”mentals” Take Home the Otter (Once Again)!

Image/Graphics by Mr. Wood
The Enviro”mentals” pose with the otter. From left to right: Olivia Blasko, Katlyn Folmar, Noah Fry, Rylee Sabol, Paige Washic

This year, the Envirothon took place near Curwensville Lake on Tuesday, May 2. The teams came back with good news! Our seniors took first place, with their team called the Enviro”mentals”, and they are now moving on to the state competition with a score of 346. Senior Noah Fry (aquatics) placed first place in his field, with a score of 68. Our other two teams, the Least Bitterns (eighth place) and the Sharp-Shinned Hawks (ninth place) will not be moving onto the state competition. All teams were lead by the advisor, Mr. Socash.

The history of Envirothon dates back to about 40 years ago. In 1979, the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts sponsored an “Environmental Olympics”, where high school kids study, and then are quizzed on topics such as forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife, and a fifth topic that changes every year. The topic is current issues, and it is something that relates to a current environmental issue in the world or community. This year’s topic was waste to resource, an approach where instead of viewing waste as a problem, it’s seen as a valuable resource. In 1988, the program hosted its first “National Envirothon” with teams coming from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts. The program was created to encourage students to become more interested in natural resources and conservation issues.

In 1988, the program became officially known as the Envirothon, and in 2014, the program became a part of the National Conservation Foundation An organization that works to develop a new generation of environmental leaders.


  • Olivia Blasko
  • Katlyn Folmer
  • Noah Fry
  • Rylee Sabol
  • Paige Washic

Underclassmen Participants:

  • Jacob Alexander
  • Cierra Condon
  • Alayna Philips
  • Noah Emigh
  • Matt Eirich
  • Maddie Gray
  • Bailey Wooster
  • Joey Kovalcin
  • Hayden Martin

A big congratulations to the 2022 Envirothon members, and congratulations to the Enviro”mentals” on their big win. West Branch looks forward to May 25 for the second competition.

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