Envirothon draws the brightest minds to test their knowledge roots

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. --(WHSV)-- Wednesday, kids from across the Shenandoah Valley competed in their knowledge of the environment.

From Augusta to Page County, high schoolers were tested on their knowledge "roots."

At Natural Chimneys park in Mount Solon, students were tested in subjects about soil, aquatics, forestry, and even had to give an oral presentation about a special subject.

The top three teams would move on to the state competition, but to these teenagers, it is far more than competition — it's all about learning.

"I think more importantly than how we're doing, its really fun to get to work together, and have some fun, and learn about new things," said Felicity Zimmerman, a sophomore at Eastern Mennonite School.

Eastern Mennonite School did very well at the competition, and placed second.

Fort Defiance High School finished first. That follows up a state victory for their team in 2016, which led to a 12th place finish nationwide.

A historical Envirothon powerhouse, Fort Defiance took home first in the nation in 2006.

For more on Virginia's Dominion Envirothon, tap here.