A Fort Defiance High School team of "envirothoners" wins for their knowledge of aquatics.
Envirothon is North America's largest environmental science competition for high school students. A team of five students competes against 54 other teams from throughout the continent. They undergo extensive testing and have to create a presentation on a special subject.
Fort Defiance has sent "envirothoners" to nationals seven times, but this is the first year they won an individual competition. Students believe the experience helps in all their studies.
"It teaches you how to study," said Lauren Tabor, who graduated Fort Defiance. "It teaches you how to take tests really well. It's just helpful in every way imaginable for academics. I would say it's one of the things that got me into college, so it definitely helped."
The Fort Defiance team placed eighth overall. They each received $1,200 in scholarship money.