County schools compete at Envirothon

More than 150 students from Manatee and Sarasota counties competed Thursday at the Manasota Regional Envirothon at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey.

The Envirothon is an outdoor environmental team competition for high school students, testing their knowledge of aquatics and water-related resources, forestry, soils and wildlife. This year’s topic was “salt and fresh water estuaries.”

Taking first place among Manatee County teams was the Manatee High School team of Kristopher Green, Heather Parker, Patrick Facheris, Matt Sanchez and Nick Algozzine, with advisor Pat Zalo.

The second-place Manatee team was the SCF Manatees from Bayshore High with advisor Reinhardt Badow.

The third-place Manatee County team was Team Enviro from Manatee High School with advisor Pat Zalo.

Also competing from Manatee County was Central High School.

Taking first place among Sarasota County teams was the Florida Bog Frogs from Riverview High School with advisor Norine Eckstrom and students Matlin Brown, Alison Christie, Mathew Ferguson, Tara Ritchie and Ryan Johnson.

Pine View School teams took second and third place for Sarasota County.

Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District and Sarasota Soil and Water Conservation District sponsor the competition, providing T-shirts and awards. Lunch was provided by the Manatee Sarasota Fish and Game Association.

The first-place team from each county is eligible to compete in the State Envirothon to be held at Jonathan Dickenson State Park at Hobe Sound in April.