Academ-e Program Cited in Sun Journal Article on Envirothon Competition

The Sun Journal reported that a Spruce Mountain Envirothon team has won the state competition and is studying and raising money to travel to Missouri for the national contest. Envirothon is the nation’s largest environmental science competition and includes tests in forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife biology, and soil science, according to the article. Teams also do a prepared presentation on a chosen current issue topic, which this year is Urban and Community Forestry, the article states. Four members of the Spruce Mountain team from Jay took a UMaine Academ-e online class on Urban and Community Forestry for high school and college credit. UMaine’s Academ-e is the first early college distance education program in Maine. The online program is open to Maine high school juniors and seniors who are nominated by principals, guidance counselors and teachers.