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Environmental Conservation Students to Compete at State Level
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Congratulations to all Environmental Conservation students in the Career and Technical Education program who participated in Envirothon on May 4.
Three teams from Sherri Slater’s class at the Southern Adirondack Education Center competed. One team placed first out of 16 teams that competed at the Warren County Envirothon, which was held at the Warren County Fish Hatchery in Warrensburg. The first place team will move on to compete at the state competition from May 24 to 25 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. A second team from SAEC placed third, and the third team place ninth in the competition. Students on the first place team are in the photo to the right.
Mrs. Slater stands in front of first place team, from left: Matt Agard, Andy Hanaburg, Mike Morency, Justin Harpp, and Ken Cornog. Students on the third place team were: Nathan Thomas, Jason Ashline, John Stark, Sean McKernon, and Austin Williams. Students on the ninth place team were: Courtney McGarr, Conner O’dell, James Washburn, and Chris Ireland.
A team from Dennis Flynn’s class at the F. Donald Myers Education Center placed second in Aquatics and Wildlife and third in Forestry out of 14 teams at the Saratoga Regional Envirothon held at Saratoga State Park. The Myers team was comprised of Josh St. Dennis, Brad Mussen, Riley Bryant, Andrew Law, Dominic Jeffries, and Mitch Richards.
According to the The New York State Envirothon website, the event is sponsored by the New York State Soil and Water Conservation District and is designed to:
• Test students' knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues within New York State.
• Cultivate students' desire to learn more about our natural resources and environmental issues.
The spirit of competition stimulates students' interests in environmental concerns and motivates them to further develop their skills and grow into environmentally-aware, action-oriented adults.
Envirothon activities begin locally with teams of five high school students competing for the county Envirothon title. The local Envirothon competitions are sponsored by the county conservation districts with a helping hand from local environmental or recreational civic groups or environmentally conscious companies. County winners then move on to the state contest where their knowledge is challenged in five areas: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils & land use, wildlife, and the current issue.
Click here to read an article that appeared in The Saratogian.