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Canon U.S.A. Announces the Mount Academy as Winner of 2013 North American Envirothon

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

Teams from 47 U.S. States, Nine Canadian Provinces and One Canadian Territory Compete in North America's Largest High School Environmental Education Competition 

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that a five-member student team from The Mount Academy in Esopus, N.Y. is the winner of the 2013 North American Envirothon. Sponsored by Canon U.S.A. and local conservation districts, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of Conservation Districts, the Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental education competition. This year's competition was held at Montana State University from August 4-9, where 57 teams representing 47 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory competed for a share of $175,000 in scholarships, host grants and Canon products. 

"Congratulations to the teams that participated in this year's North American Envirothon," said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications Division, Canon U.S.A. "The Envirothon is a great way for high school students to learn about sustainability, the environment and management of our natural resources. Canon's corporate philosophy of Kyosei— all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future, corresponds with these values — education and environmental responsibility are important to us."

The North American Envirothon tests teams on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. Each team's knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife specialists and other natural resource professionals. Teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills are evaluated as each team offers a panel of judges an oral presentation with recommendations for solving the specific challenge that is presented during the competition. The current environmental issue for this year's competition was sustainable rangeland management: achieving a balance between traditional agricultural uses with non-agricultural uses on Montana rangelands.

The top 10 teams of the 2013 North American Envirothon include:

Place High School City/Town State
1st The Mount Academy Esopus New York
2nd Massachusetts Newton Massachusetts
3rd Pembroke Hill High Kansas City Missouri
4th Kenne High School Kenne New Hampshire
5th Oxford High School Oxford Mississippi
6th West Hill Secondary School Owen Sound Ontario
7th Charter School of Wilmington Wilmington Delaware
8th Housatonic Valley Regional Fall Village Connecticut
9th York Homeschool Association York Pennsylvania
10th Spartanburg High School Spartanburg South Carolina

In addition to the North American Envirothon, Canon U.S.A. supports a wide range of environmental education and youth programs at Yellowstone National Park, Acadia National Park and National Geographic. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/environment.


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