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High School Envirothon Team Claims Victory

| May 2, 2017

Five students stand next to their teacher and hold an awardCan you name five invasive species in Otsego County and possible control methods?  What are the three pillars of sustainability?  When was the Endangered Species Act passed?  What are the five soil forming factors?

Scores of questions like these peppered our students at the Leatherstocking Envirothon Competition held at Gilbert Lake State Park on April 26, 2017.

Our winning team, Kai Wasson, Sarah Parr, Margi Knight, Josie Hovis and Jon Stone, met the challenge and took top honors at the competition while also winning the Elizabeth Stein Soils Award. As the winners, our students earned scholarship funds from the Theodore “Ted” Peters Scholarship Award.

Our second team also had a strong showing; Mikeeli Hanson, Morgan Stoeklin, Julie Ratliff, Emily Pernat and Hailey Seamon were also a force to be reckoned with.

This was an outdoor event challenging students with tests created by professionals working in the science fields of forestry, soils and land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife and, this year’s current issue, Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

Students walked the mile loop around Gilbert Lake stopping at testing stations while competing against 13 other teams from our region.

Our winning team will be representing Cooperstown at the New York State Envirothon Competition at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY on May 24 and 25. There they will go up against all of the top teams in New York State.  In preparation, the team will continue working with their coach, Mrs. Parr, to hone their tree identification skills, study the minutia of macroinvertebrate identification, build their knowledge of environmental legislation, and fine tune their presentation on the key points of developing a transition plan for the sustainability of an 810 acre dairy farm.

The NYS 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 and cultivate students’ desires to learn more about our natural resources and environmental issues.

Way to go Envirothon Team!  Good luck at the next level!

To learn more about the events and our local sponsors, check out the NYS Envirothon websites at and




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