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Pembroke High School From Kansas City, Mo. Wins The 2012 Canon Envirothon

54 Teams From Across the United States and Canada Participate in One of North America's Largest High School Environmental Education Competitions

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., - A five-member team of high school students from Pembroke High School in Kansas City, Mo. has won the 2012 Envirothon, a weeklong environmental education competition sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The winning team was announced during the closing ceremonies at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. on Thursday, July 26th.

Teams from across 44 states, nine Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory completed training and testing in natural resource categories such as soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife. Every year an additional topic is incorporated into the competition based upon a current environmental issue. This year's topic was Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development.

"At a time when the conservation of natural resources is critically important to our planet, it is wonderful to see a large group of bright, dedicated students from across North America test their skills in a challenging environmental competition," said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. "This year was a very close competition and all of the students should be extremely proud of themselves and their effort."

At stake for each team was a share of $120,000 in scholarships and Canon products. Winning teams were selected based on points earned from hands-on field-testing, written tests and oral presentations. The first-place team received a total of $25,000 in Canon scholarships. West Hill Secondary School from Owen Sound, Ontario ($20,000), and Enloe High School from Raleigh, N.C. ($15,000), placed second and third, respectively. The fourth-place team, Chardon High School from Chardon, Ohio, received $10,000 and the fifth-place team, The Mount Academy from Orange County, N.Y., received $7,500.

Since 1997, Canon U.S.A. has been the title sponsor of this annual North American competition. The Envirothon is the culmination of a series of competitions that began during the past school year and included more than 500,000 high school students throughout North America. Starting at the local level, winning teams from schools and organizations competed in written tests and oral presentations for the distinction of representing their state, province or territory at the Envirothon.

In addition to the Canon Envirothon, Canon U.S.A. supports a wide range of environmental, education and youth programs. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/environment.

The top 10 teams of the 2012 Canon Envirothon:

Place High School City, State/Providence
1st Pembroke High School Kansas City, Mo.
2nd West Hill Secondary School Owen Sound, Ontario
3rd Enloe High School Raleigh, N.C.
4th Chardon High School Chardon, Ohio
5th The Mount Academy Orange County, N.Y.
6th Housatonic Valley Regional High School Falls Village, Conn.
7th Harford Christian School Darlington, Md.
8th Fort Defiance High School North River, Va.
9th Charter School of Delaware-Wilmington Wilmington, Del.
10th The Wheeler School Providence, R.I.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.


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Winners of the 2012 Canon Envirothon