Wilson County homeschool 4-H teams ace Envirothon

September 15, 2013 

The Wilson County homeschool 4-H Organic Waste team earned first place in its division in the state Envirothon competition. From left are coach Martha Bizzell, Kimberly Johnson, Tim Bizzell, Ethan Walton, Arran Walton, Marco Agostini, coach Lena Agostini, Tommy Houser, president of the N.C. Association Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and John Peeler, Chairman of the N.C. Envirothon Committee.

COURTESY OF MARTHA BIZZELL

Three homeschool 4-H teams from Wilson County earned top honors in the N.C. Envirothon competition last spring in Burlington.

The Organic Waste team, which included Marco Agostini, Tim Bizzell, Kimberly Johnson, Ethan Walton and Arran Walton, came in first place out of around 50 competing teams in the middle school category, and the Endemic Species team – Eric Barry, Charity Handley, Elizabeth Johnson, Katherine Johnson and Emma Skinner – came in second place.

At the high school level, the Glow Worms took fourth place overall and earned second place for their Envirothon Community Service Learning Project. The team’s project was an aquatic ecology resource box that they later donated to Bridgestone America’s Freedom Wildlife Habitat and Refuge in Wilson for use by area schools and Scout groups. The Glow Worms included Daniela Agostini, Ethan Barry, Sarah Bizzell, Jonathan Handley and Connor Thayer.

The Envirothon program, sponsored by Soil and Water Conservation Districts nationwide, challenges students to learn about aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, soil science and current environmental issues.

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