On Wednesday, May 6, ten Central Valley Academy students participated in the Envirothon competition at Herkimer College. Students worked in teams of five to answer questions about wildlife, forestry, soil science, aquatic ecology, and current environmental issues.
- Team A consisting of Kevin Diedrich, Aaron Barnett, Anna Engel, Will Paddock, and Miranda Maldonado finished fifth out of 12 teams in the competition.
- Team B consisting of Cody Messina, Sarah Ford, Brandy Torres, Allison Ford, and Scott Pierce placed second in the soil science portion of the competition.
What is the Envirothon?
The New York State Envirothon, sponsored by the New York State Soil and Water Conservation District, 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.
Teams of five high school students competed for the county Envirothon title. Local 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 sustainable Local Agriculture/Locally Grown.
Today’s students will be tomorrow’s property owners, government officials, parents, and teachers. Make a fun investment in the future of our environment. Register to participate in the New York Envirothon program at your local Soil and Water Conservation District office. Contact your local office for more information about registering a team, and the date and location of the state competition.