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MMA’s Envirothon Teams Take Top Spots

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Marymount Academy's two Envirothon teams walked away with first and second place at this year's regional competition.
Pictured left to right back row - - Second place team - Francesca Tsimiklis (grade 11), Ruba Guekuerere (grade 10), Malinda McKay (grade 11), Patricia Wiebe (grade 11) and Kaitlin Quinlan (grade 11)
Front row left to right - First place team - teacher Jason Weiler, Jenna DelRiccio (grade 10), Sara Tkachuk (grade 12), Brittany Cook (grade12), Jen Anderson-Butcher (grade 11) and student teacher Ian Haley - missing from photo- Kendra Burnett (grade 11)

April 26, 2011 - Students from Marymount Academy walked away from the region’s ninth annual Sudbury regional Envirothon competition as winners. In fact, the school’s two entries took the top two spots in this year’s competition. The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental program for students in Grades 9-12 and creates awareness about environmental issues in a variety of subject areas. Teams of 5 students prepare for the competition by intensely studying the various topics as well as preparing themselves to put together a project at the competition related to a different environmental issue -which is chosen every year. This year’s topic was “Protection of Groundwater Through Urban, Agriculture and Environmental Planning”.
Jason Weiler, the Marymount teacher in charge of the team has been involved with the Envirothon for the past 6 years and his teams have taken the top spot for 5 of those years. “It is a real credit to my students who continue to embrace the environment,” Weiler stated. “They are extremely dedicated to the team, and to being stewards of the earth, and am extremely proud of their achievements.”
Teammate Jenna Floyd (Grade 10) who is on the first place team was thrilled with their win and was excited for the upcoming competition. “It was a fantastic learning experience for us,” Floyd said. “It has really given us a chance to take our academics outside the classroom and embrace learning in a whole new environment.”
Both teams from Marymount will be moving on to the Provincial competition which will be held May 5th – 8th at the Tim Horton Onondaga Farms in St. George, Ontario.

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