Chilliwack secondary students look to score big at Envirothon

Chilliwack secondary will again be competing at the national Envirothon science competition, being held in Pennsylvania this summer.

Chilliwack secondary’s Envirothon team is made up of not your average type of students.

These kids don’t choose friends over studying; they’re not classroom clock watchers; and they’re not the type to count down the days to summer.

Quite the opposite.

This group of five is more about adding onto to their knowledge workload than decreasing it.

For five months Grade 12 student Zac Greenwood, along with Grade 11 students Joel Goshulak, Priya Nand, Tiffany Schulz, and Grade 10 student Jessica Layton have been studying everything they can on Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania in preparation for this year’s Canon Envirothon competition – the largest North American high school environmental education competition around.

And they’re doing it on top of their regular high school studies, many of which include advanced placement courses.

“Basically I’ve destroyed all my free time,” said Goshulak.

They’ve cut out social time, extra-curricular activities, loaded up on caffeine, spent most nights studying into the wee hours, and some have even opted out of sleep altogether.

“It’s a lot of pressure, but I think we’re kind of used to pressure,” said Schulz.

And if they win, it’ll be worth it.

Each winning participant is awarded $5,000.

“It’s a good motivator … scholarship money, you know,” said Layton.

The Canon Envirothon competition has more than 500,000 students throughout Canada and the United States competing locally and regionally for a spot at the international competition, which features 50 of the top teams in North America.

It’s a contest that goes beyond textbooks and the classroom and has students learning outside, working with industry professionals, and performing a variety of field studies.

The young competitors learn about a variety of soil structures, aquatic ecosystems, forestry species, as well as a current environmental issue affecting the ecosystem.

Chilliwack’s team has progressively climbed the standings in the last few years; last year placing 21st overall, and first in the oral presentation – just 30 points from breaking the top 10.

This year’s group has its eyes on the win.

“We’re aiming for the big win,” said Greenwood, who is the only returning member from last year’s team, and who would like for his high school career to end on the upper eschelon of environmental expertise.

The competition runs from July 22 to 27. At a cost of $1,500 per student, fundraising is necessary.

The CSS Envirothon team will be selling hot dogs outside PriceSmart on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in donating to the efforts, can contact the school at 604-795-7295.

Just Posted

A student prepares to throw a plate full of whipped cream at principal Jim Egdcombe’s face as vice principal Devin Atkins watches as part of a fundraiser at Leary Integrated Arts and Technology elementary on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The pied principals: Chilliwack elementary staff get messy for charity

Cops for Cancer fundraiser saw kids ‘pie the principal’ at Leary elementary in Chilliwack

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Chilliwack drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

Jordyn Huitema plays for the Canadian national women’s soccer team. (Soccer Canada photos)
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Canada battle Czechs to 0-0 draw

Huitema’s national women’s soccer squad played a friendly match against the Czechs in Spain

Hutch Hotels Ltd., which owned the former Alder Inn (which was demolished in November 2020), is among the defendants in a lawsuit related to an alleged impaired-driving crash in January 2017. The civil suit also names S & L Kitchen and Bar in Abbotsford. (Black Press file photo)
Two Fraser Valley bars named in lawsuit related to alleged impaired-driving crash

S & L Abbotsford and Alder Inn being sued by passenger in 2017 rollover collision

How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
B.C. clam harvester fined $10,000 for Fisheries Act violations

Charges against three others were stayed in Courtenay Provincial Court

Frank Phillips receives a visit from his wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary, March 31, 2020. Social visits have been allowed since COVID-19 vaccination has been offered in all care homes. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
B.C. prepares mandatory vaccination for senior care homes

180 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Friday, one more death

Lorraine Gibson, 90, received a COVID-19 immunization at the South Surrey Park and Ride vaccination clinic. (File photo: Aaron Hinks)
Surrey has had 25% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Surrey recorded 4,012 cases in May

Most Read