Louisa County High School placed fourth in the Envirothon Competition, hosted by the Prince William and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts, held at James Long Park in Haymarket on April 17.
Competing was LCHS senior Virginia Bowers, Skyler Hall, Jacob Moore, Caroline McCray and Tessa Robinette, all juniors. The alternate during the Area II competition was junior Haylee Davis.
According to Kimberlee Jancaitis Martinak, chemistry and marine ecology science teacher, this is the first time LCHS has advanced to Area II.
Envirothon consists of five “in-the-field” test stations – soils, wildlife, aquatics, forestry and a current environmental issue.
Louisa’s oral presentation of the current environmental issue was a complex visual component showing the steps a farmer would take from traditional pasture grazing of cattle to a rotational grazing system with stream-side fencing.
Martinak commended the students for their hard work, saying that they put in a lot of extra work after school and during their lunch breaks.
“We definitely have areas we need to work on, but the team is excited to try again next year,” Martinak said.