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MATES Students Win State 'Envirothon' for the Fifth Year in a Row

Students from Brick, Toms River, Manchester among winners

Photo: NJ Dept. of Agriculture
Photo: NJ Dept. of Agriculture
Local students from Ocean County's Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences (MATES) in Manahawkin were the winners of the New Jersey Envirothon, held last Saturday at the New Jersey School of Conservation of Montclair State University.

State agriculture officials congratulated the students on bringing home the winning title for the fifth year in a row to their school.

The team consisted of Jillian Hubbard of Manchester, Gillian Schriever of Little Egg Harbor, Megan Tumpey of Brick, Lauren Zodl of Little Egg Harbor, and Michael Signorelli of Toms River. All except Zodl were also on last year’s winning Envirothon team. 

The Ocean County students competed against 33 other teams on knowledge of natural resources-related topics including soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and a current environmental issue. This year’s theme was “Sustainable Local Agriculture/Locally Grown.”

For their efforts, aach of the MATES team members received $1,500 scholarships from the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts, $2,000 scholarships from Richard Stockton State College and $1,000 scholarships from Applied and Health Sciences at Kean University. MATES Advisor Adam Sprague said all of their team members have utilized their scholarship money.

“The Envirothon is very competitive and the trick to winning starts with having great students that are willing to dedicate a great deal of time in preparation,” said Sprague. “The students also must be able to collaborate as a team.  There is an incredible amount of information to go through. As an advisor my job is to help the students understand the information and also help in managing what areas they should be focusing on.”

“The New Jersey Envirothon not only provides the winning team with college scholarships but gives all participants the opportunity to gain important skills regarding the environment, natural resources and science,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “The knowledge they gained from preparing for and taking part in the Envirothon will help them in whatever career path they take.  After this experience, we hope they will consider careers in agriculture and natural resources-related fields.”

The second-place team in this year’s Envirothon was High Tech High School, North Bergen and third place was taken by West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.  Last year, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North placed second and High Tech High School came in third.
sha May 08, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Congratulations !
Rick Ricky May 08, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Congratulations! A school with students who are for real.

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