BROOKSVILLE — Sixty-one teams from four counties competed in the Feb. 19 Nature Coast Envirothon at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, and a team from Central High School, the Dinosaur Eggs, came away as the top scorer, winning a Tampa Bay Times-sponsored $2,500 scholarship.
The five team members — Megan Roche, Theresa Hancock, Brett Waugh, John Walker and captain Addison Hilyard — answered science questions in five categories and had the highest overall number of correct answers.
Hilyard, Hancock and Waugh were experienced Envirothon competitors. They were on the same team last year and missed first place by one bonus point.
"I wanted to do it again," Hancock said, "because we got really, really close last year."
Hilyard, 18, is a senior and plans to attend the University of South Florida to study animal biology. He would like to be a parasitologist.
Hancock, 17, is also a senior and will decide between the University of South Florida and Florida State University to study biology. She hopes to earn a graduate degree in genetics.
Waugh, 18, is a senior and plans to attend the University of Central Florida to study engineering. He is interested in aerospace engineering.
Roche, 18, is a senior, too, and intends to go to the University of New Hampshire to study environmental science. She is interested in conservation and sustainability. First, though, she said, "I'd like to join the Peace Corps."
Walker, 15, is a freshman, so graduation is quite a ways off, but he hopes to go to the University of Florida and is interested in sustainable agriculture. He expects to compete in future Envirothons.
His team has advised him to seek other experienced Envirothon members when building a force for next year's competition.