That’s right folks, Canon’s 2007 Envirothon just ended and a five-member team of high school students from Housatonic Valley High School in Falls Village, Connecticut, are the winners. And that’s no small achievement, as there were more than 260 teens from across the U.S. and Canada who came and studied environmental issues and resource conservation while competing for a piece of the $100,000 in scholarships and prize action. To win, they had to demonstrate the best overall skills at five testing and training stations. Those included soil and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues. The theme of this year’s competition was Alternative/Renewable Energy, so the competing teams focused on the efficient use of energy generated from traditional sources and the development of renewable energy resources. The winning team’s piece of the prize money was a cool $25,000 in Canon scholarships along with photographic equipment for their school to use in science education. The whole idea is to expose students to diverse environmental issues, ecosystems, and topography; and is hosted by a different state or province each year. And with this year’s event just ended, it may be time to start thinking about entering next year’s competition. That’s going to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, from July 28-August 3 at Northern Arizona University. Good luck!