New Mexico Envirothon Competition Rules
The New Mexico Envirothon Competition (NME) will be conducted under the following rules and regulations:
- Only students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or equivalent home school ranking are eligible to participate in the NME Competition.
- Any school can send one team. Schools wanting to send more than one team must register each team separately prior to the registration deadline. Second teams will be allowed if space permits.
- Travel to and from the competition, food, and lodging is the team's responsibility.
- Food and lodging at the competition will be arranged by NME. All teams must utilize these arrangements during the competition. Severe allergies will be handled on a case by case basis. Participants with dietary restrictions and allergies must contact NME as soon as possible, but no later than the participant registration deadline.
- Each team must consist of at least five students.
- Teams are encouraged to have one advisor per gender, two advisors maximum. Team members and advisors are required to stay on-site during the entire competition. Team advisors may not assist their team once the competition begins. Team advisors will chaperone their students when not competing, which include staying in the same dorm room. Team advisors will not have contact with their students during oral presentation preparation.
- All team members and advisors must attend all scheduled activities. Conflicts with other extracurricular activities will be handled on a case by case basis.
- During the outdoor test session, team advisors will be assigned to accompany another team at the test stations.
- There will be five outdoor test stations: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and a special topic. The special topic for each year changes; please check our website (nmenvirothon.org) or the North American Envirothon website (www.envirothon.org).
- The oral presentations will be judged by professionals from various state, federal, and private resource management groups.
- Study materials will not be accessed after the training session on Friday night until Sunday morning. All necessary materials will be provided.
- Advisors will sequester student cell phones from Friday night until Saturday night after competing in the oral presentation.
- Teams will abide by quiet hours from lights out until breakfast.
- Scoring by judges and discipline leaders will be final.
- Team Scoring. The maximum score is 700. 500 points can be earned at the outdoor field stations and 200 points for the oral presentation. Each field station (soils/land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry and the special topic) will have a test worth 100 points. There are two tie breakers per field station test that will be used only in the instance of a tie to determine first and second place, but will not add additional points to the overall score. The oral presentation will be judged by a panel of resource professionals up to 200 points.
- In the event of an injury or illness of a participant during the NME Competition, the NME Executive Committee will discuss options with the team advisors. Team advisors have medical responsibility for the participants.
- All team members will be required to wear appropriate attire during testing. NME reserves the right to ask participants to change if clothing is deemed inappropriate.
- All tobacco, drugs, alcohol and weapons of any kind are prohibited during the entire stay. Rules for the NME Competition site will be strictly observed. The display of proper conduct at all times is expected. Failure to follow this rule will result in immediate dismissal of the individual or team from the competition.
- Personal electronic devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs, and CD players are prohibited during any organized activity.
- Any infraction of the Policies or Rules and Regulations of the NME will result in disqualification and dismissal from the event and competition location.
- Any disputes or questions will be handled by the NME Executive Committee. All decisions made by the NME Executive Committee are final.
a) Teams are encouraged to bring one alternate. Alternates will participate in all activities.
b) All teams must be affiliated with their local soil and water conservation district (SWCD).
c) Team sponsors and the principal of participating schools must read and sign the registration form. The team advisor shall certify that all team members competing at the NME Competition meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the rules and regulations of the NME.
d) Only 5 members of the winning team are allowed to attend the North American Envirothon Competition.
a) The oral presentation will be 10-12 minutes. Judges can ask one question each and participants will have one minute to respond per question. Time will not exceed 20 minutes. See scoring sheet for details.
b) All five team members, plus alternate, MUST participate orally in the presentation.
c) Team members are encouraged to dress appropriately.
d) Visual aids must be prepared on-site by team members using only materials provided by the NME Competition. NME will retain custody of all visual aids and notes between preparation and presentation times.