New York High School Named 2018 NCF-Envirothon Champions

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July 30, 2018



POCATELLO, IDAHO – On Friday, July 27, The Mount Academy team from Esopus, N.Y., won the 2018 National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon, an international environmental education competition for high schoolers conducted by the NCF and supported by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).

The top three overall scoring teams received cash prizes sponsored by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and processor. The top fourth through tenth placing teams received cash prizes from Canon U.S.A., Inc.

More than 250 high school students traveled to the Idaho State University campus from across the United States, Canada and China for the week-long competition. Students tested their knowledge of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and this year’s topic, Western rangelands, through written tests and oral presentations.

The Envirothon competition began in 1979, when the Pennsylvania Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts created an “Environmental Olympics” competition. Conservation districts throughout the country have supported Envirothon since its inception to encourage high school students to pursue environmental, conservation and natural resource-related fields.

“NCF congratulates the team from The Mount Academy and all of the competitors for their hard work this year,” NCF-Envirothon program manager Carly Burton said. “The students displayed exemplary knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues not only this week but in the months leading up to this event. It’s an honor to reward such talented students.”

The top 10 teams from the 2018 NCF-Envirothon competition are:

Place Team City, State
1 The Mount Academy Esopus, N.Y.
2 Pembroke Hill School Kansas City, Mo.
3 Jamestown High School Williamsburg, Va.
4 Hot Springs High School Truth or Consequences, N.M.
5 Spartanburg High School Spartanburg, S.C.
6 Spruce Mountain High School Jay, Maine
7 Stanly Montgomery Homeschool Association Albemarle, N.C.
8 Oxford High School Oxford, Miss.
9 The Wheeler School East Side of Providence Providence, R.I.
10 Vantage Point Education Suwanee, Ga.

The 2019 international NCF-Envirothon competition will be hosted in Raleigh, N.C., at the North Carolina State University campus July 28 – Aug. 2, where students will be tested on the 2019 topic, “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”


About the National Association of Conservation Districts:

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:

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