Penncrest wins the 2017 county, state

and national Envirothon competition


A group of eco-minded students from Penncrest High School's Envirothon team were once again victorious in both the county and state Envirothon competitions this year. The competition tests student's knowledge on environmental science topics such as wildlife, forestry, soil and aquatic life.

On August 16, Delaware County Council recognized the team, along with their faculty advisors who were inducted into the Envirothon Hall of Fame.

On July 29, Penncrest's five-member team were announced as the winners of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon. 54 student teams represented the United States, Canada, and China all who put their skills to the test at the world's largest high school-level natural resources education competition. The teams tested their knowledge in aquatics, forestry, soils, and wildlife, along with agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship. Penncrest received the highest scores in the forestry, wildlife and current events topics in its overall win.

"We are pleased to have a group of students who are extremely knowledgeable about our natural resources who are dedicating to conserving and preserving our environment," said Councilman Dave White. "Again and again, Penncrest has dominated in the Envirothon competitions, both locally and nationally. This year marks the 23nd consecutive year that Penncrest has won the Delaware County competition. Penncrest has won the state Envirothon title 13 times and the national and international title four times."

He applauded the five students and their two faculty advisors for being good stewards of the environment.

"They are developing an understanding of the practice of natural resource management and ecology. They are learning how best to maintain a balance between our quality of life and the quality of the environment," said White.

At the national competition, faculty advisors Mark Samilenko and Chrissa Kuntz were inducted into the Envirothon Hall of Fame, in recognition of their leadership and dedication to the program for nearly two-decades.

At the county level, the Envirothon is coordinated by the Delaware County Conservation District, working with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Soil Conservation District, the Bureau of Forestry and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Council presented resolutions to Penncrest Gold Team members Rachel Hughes, Dennis Harrsch, Thy-Lan Gale, Cole Gaboriault and Abigail Schwartz and faculty advisors Mark Samilenko and Chrissa Kuntz for their dedication to the program.




Penncrest wins the 2017 county, state and national Envirothon competition

Delaware County Council recognized the Penncrest High School Envirothon Gold Team for winning the regional, state and national and international Envirothon championships. Shown at the August 16 County Council meeting are, from left, Penncrest faculty advisor Chrissa Kuntz, team members Cole Gaboriault, Abigail Schwartz, Councilman Dave White, Thy-Lan Gale Rachel Hughes, and Dennis Harrsch. Back row, from left, Penncrest faculty advisor Mark Samilenko, Councilman Michael Culp, Chairman Mario Civera Jr. and Councilman John McBlain.