Kane High team 3rd in Envirothon

Staff Writer

Kane High team places 3rd in 'Wild' Envirothon

EAST SMETHPORT -- The Kane Area High School team placed third Tuesday in the "Wild" Envirothon at the Keating Sportsmen’s Club in East Smethport.
The five-member Kane High team includes seniors Katie Detsch and Lindsey Hottel, juniors Nic Grube and Connor Crowley and freshman Adam Sicher.
Kane High teacher Melissa Rich is the adviser.
The Kane team nickname is the "M.A.D. Stags."
The Kane team is one of 21 teams from six high schools, with over 100 students from both Cameron and McKean Counties.
This is the largest attendance in the 27-year history of the Envirothon.
The event is an exciting academic event to pit teams from McKean and Cameron County School Districts of ninth to 12th-grade students against each other in outdoor situations that test their knowledge of the natural world.
The overall winning team this year was the “Bradford Bees Plus Wasp” team from Bradford High School.
This team also received high scores in both Soils & Land Use and Forestry categories. Team members include Nick Haner, Austin Jadlowiec, Ethan Hollamby, Wesley Clark, and Morgan Roggenbaum. Team advisers are Jan Russell and Rich Bierbower.
The event is sponsored by the McKean and Cameron County Conservation Districts, International Waxes, Seneca Resources, Zippo/Case Museum, Shell, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Kessel Construction, Hancock Forest Management, Zook Motors, Inc., Lafayette Township, the Keating Sportsman’s Club, County Commissioner Cliff Lane, G.L. Carlson, Walmart, the Kiwanis Club of Bradford, Team Minard Screen Printing & Embroidery, Premier Communications, Fraternal Order of Eagles Bradford, the Port Freeze, Costa’s Supermarket, Wal-Mart, Tops, Shop & Save, Seneca Trout Unlimited, Singer’s Auto Service, Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, and Embassy Powdered Metals. Support was also provided by Keating Township and the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department.
During this hands-on competition, students may be asked to measure a tree, analyze water from a stream or feel handfuls of earth to identify the type soil.
They work as a five-member team to answer questions and use their critical thinking to find solutions to reality-based situations, such as how to balance the use and protection of natural resources through five stations.
The stations included: Forestry, manned by Eric Monger, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry; Wildlife, manned by state Wildlife Conservation Officers Wayne Hunt, Jeffery Orwig and Skyler Gibble from the Pennsylvania Game Commission; Soil and Land Use, manned by Sherry Dumire, McKean County Conservation District and Dave Stratton from the Farm Service Agency; Aquatics, manned by Heather McKean, McKean County Conservation District and Todd Deluccia, Cameron County Conservation District; and the Current Event, (Invasive Species) manned by Lindsay Shine and Sandy Thompson, McKean County Conservation District.

Kane team at Envirothon
Photo by Ted Lutz
The Kane High team completes forms Tuesday during the 27th annual Envirothon nature competition at the Keating Sportsmen's Club near Smethport. The Kane team, which placed third among 21 high school squads, includes, clockwise from left: seniors Katie Detsch and Lindsey Hottel, junior Nic Grube, freshman Adam Sicher and junior Connor Crowley.