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(TRENTON) – The winner of the 2016 New Jersey Envirothon, West Windsor Plainsboro High School North Team #1, represented the Garden State in the NCF Envirothon in Ontario, Canada, placing sixth out of 53 teams, 45 from the United States, six from Canada, one Canadian territory and one guest team from China. 

More than 260 teenagers from high schools and other organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and China competed in North America’s largest environmental education competition held at Trent State University focused on environmental issues and resource conservation.  They vied for a share of more than $30,000 in cash awards and prizes.  Smithfield Foods provided support, including cash awards, this year.

During the five-day competition, teams were challenged on their knowledge of a variety of environmental issues including soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a specially selected current environmental issue. For this year’s competition, the topic was “Urban/Community Forest.” 

The NCF Envirothon is organized through the National Conservation Foundation in the U.S. and The Canadian Forestry Associations.  The American Envirothon is the final competition in a series of contests beginning each spring that involve more than 400,000 teenagers throughout North America. 

West Windsor Plainsboro High School North Team #1 placed first out of 36 teams in the New Jersey state level competition held in early May. These teams represented some of the brightest environmental high school students in grades 9-12 from around the state.