Headwaters Soil & Water Conservation District hosted the Local Dominion Envirothon Competition on April 5th, 2018, at the Frontier Culture Museum with three participating teams.
Representing Fort Defiance High School were team members Michael Reefe, Dillon Rusmisel, Louisa Esteban, C. J. Johnson, Ezekiel Esteban, Valeria Dorries, and coach, Brent Hull.
Representing Stuarts Draft High School were team members Drake Bryan, Logan Case, Rachel Watts, Jacob Watts, Steven Lunsford, and coaches, Renee Clark and Matthew Rider.
The Fort Defiance team prevailed, coming in first. Stuarts Draft was very competitive, coming in second. Both teams will advance to the Area Competition to be held May 2nd at McCormick Farm in Raphine, VA where they will compete with the top two teams from other Soil & Water Conservation Districts in this region.
Also participating in this year’s competition was the Stewart Middle School team. Coached by Blair Hoffman, team members are: Daniel Worrell, Andrew Hickey, Kira Hupman and Mason Brittle. Headwaters is very excited to expand participation to the middle school level.
The Frontier Culture Museum was a great setting for this competition. Trees were marked for the Forestry competition, judged by Sarah Hagan, DOF. A soils pit was dug to show soil horizons for the Soils competition judged by Lew Manhart, Soil Scientist. Chelsey Faller of DGIF spread animal skulls and pelts on a table where she judged the Wildlife competition. Paul Bugas, DGIF, judged the Aquatics competition by the stream. Bobby Drumheller of the USDA judged this year’s topic: Pastureland Management.
Oral Presentation judges were: Jennifer Lewis, member of Headwaters Board of Directors; Laura Begoon, FSA and Trafford McRae, Waynesboro Public Works.
Headwaters would like to say a big thank you to all of our hard working students, coaches, and Judges, and the Frontier Culture Museum for being such an accommodating host.