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Veteran Dunbar team wins out in 2019 Kentucky Envirothon

Shashank Bhatt, Angie Xiao, coach Heather Silvanik, Sydney Sun, Reka Gal, and Katrina Baniak

The “A” team from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School brought home overall top honors in the 2019 Kentucky Envirothon state competition. Upperclassmen Shashank Bhatt, Angie Xiao, Sydney Sun, Reka Gal, and Katrina Baniak also had the highest scores in Current Topic and Wildlife, and a perfect score in Aquatics. They will compete next in the North American Envirothon this July in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

“It is a privilege to coach these impressive Dunbar students and witness their dedication to learning subjects outside their curriculum,” said Heather Silvanik, operations manager for the Fayette County Conservation District. “The passion they have for Envirothon is evident in the final scores. I’m so proud of my freshman team for advancing to state their first year competing and placing sixth overall, and so pleased with my upperclassmen team taking home so many medals.” 

The intense two-day state competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, tests the students’ oral presentation skills and field experience; they also take a written exam. Teams squared off May 15-16 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education and Leadership Center in Jabez to demonstrate their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural resources at field stations covering aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2019 topic is agriculture and the environment: knowledge and technology to feed the world. 

For general questions, contact Johnna McHugh with the Kentucky Division of Conservation at (502) 782-6703. 

Note: The Dunbar team needs travel sponsors for the Raleigh trip; please contact Heather Silvanik to help.



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