Local Students Competing in Dominion Envirothon

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Students from several local high schools took part in the region's Envirothon on Thursday. Teams from across the Valley competed against each other testing their knowledge of the outdoors.

The Dominion Envirothon is more than just a competition. Players and coaches say it teaches them ways to take care of their resources in a way that they can use at home and even build a passion for a future career.

"I grew up on a grass-fed Katahdin farm," explained Ben Garber from Fort Defiance High School who is using a lot of what he's learned at home. "It's a good opportunity to learn things I wouldn't have known otherwise. I work a little bit in sustainable agriculture at home, but there's a lot of things I wouldn't have even known existed."

"It's a lot better than getting them in the classroom. They get outside and get some field experience," said Brent Hull, who coaches Fort Defiance's team.

He said what the kids learn about the Earth can change it.

"I think we need to appreciate the Earth that we're on. And I think if we can learn to appreciate our resources, and if kids get the understanding of what they can do to make our planet a better place, maybe in the future some of the problems that we caused we can fix," said Hull.

Teams from Fort Defiance, Eastern Mennonite and Strasburg High Schools will all advance to the state competition happening in May at Sweet Briar College near Lynchburg.

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