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Ontario Envirothon Profile: Megan Klemencic

Posted: April 12, 2019

Name: Megan Klemencic

School: Clarington Central Secondary School

Grade: 11

Sixteen-year-old Megan Klemencic is an Envirothon student from Bowmanville, Ontario. Her team competed in the 2018 Durham Region Envirothon and they’re currently revving up for 2019 competition!

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How did you get involved in Envirothon?

I started developing a passion for biology in grade 10 science class, and it got me thinking about my future career. I knew I was interested in working with nature, but I wanted some guidance, so I asked my teacher about learning opportunities. She encouraged me to join my school’s Envirothon team!

What is your favourite thing about Envirothon so far?

For me personally, my favourite thing is the atmosphere. It’s great to be able to learn with and lean on my teammates.

Does competing make you nervous at all?

Presenting made me a little bit nervous the first time around, but it was a good learning experience. I think I’ll be more confident and relaxed this year.

What is your favourite core Envirothon topic?

Do I have to pick just one?

I think my favourite would have to be Wildlife. It’s very interesting to learn about the animals in my local area, learning their calls and being able to identify them!

My second favourite is Aquatics. I really enjoy the water speed tests and learning about the water insects.

Who would you recommend Envirothon to?

I think it’s a great opportunity for people who are passionate about science, and people who want to feel out future careers a little bit more.

For me, Envirothon helped me to narrow down what I wanted to do, career-wise, and it allowed me to try out some of the things I’ll be doing in that career.

What do you hope to do when you graduate high school?

I would love to go to Trent or Queen’s University for Environmental Studies. I hope to one day work as a Wildlife Ecologist!

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The Durham Region Envirothon is part of the Ontario Envirothon, a larger provincial program that reaches more than 5,000 students and educators annually. The top placing regional teams will go on to compete in the online provincial championship, which will be hosted with support from the University Of Waterloo Faculty Of Environment.

To learn more about Envirothon, visit: https://www.forestsontario.ca/education/programs/ontario-envirothon/