SKANEATELES' JAMM'N JUNCOS WIN AT THE
2018 CNY REGIONAL ENVIROTHON
APRIL 18, 2018
Rogers Center, Sherburne NY
Team “Jamm’n Juncos” from Skaneateles High School won First Place at the Central New York Regional Envirothon. The ‘Juncos’ will represent Onondaga County at the New York State Envirothon competition May 23rd and 24th at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. There, the ‘Juncos’ will face close to 50 Envirothon teams to compete for college scholarships and the opportunity to compete in the week-long national competition at Idaho State University in July.
Twenty-six teams of high school students from Madison, Chenango, Cayuga and Onondaga Counties assembled at the Friends of Rogers Center to participate in the Central New York Regional Envirothon. Despite the frigid temperatures, students from Bainbridge-Guilford High School, Skaneateles High School, Weedsport High School, and Chittenango High School had high scores for the event.
The Envirothon is an environmental education program that is centered on five universal categories; soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife. Additionally, every year a different current environmental issue is selected, and a test is based upon that issue. This year, the current environmental issue was “Rangeland Management” and was quite difficult for participants. Each of the categories had a station dotted across the trails at Rogers where the students were tested on core principles. The Friends of Rogers Center is a perfect place to hold the event as it features a vast trail system, a great volunteer network, and an inviting Visitor’s Center.
The Envirothon is organized by Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the event is sponsored by several generous donations from area businesses. The event’s major sponsor is Covanta, a waste to energy facility in Jamesville, New York.
Jack Lovier, Nick Piciorek, Alex Flanagan, Michael Lovier, and Mila Miller stand with Covanta's Kathleen Carroll and Stephanie Deen.
Send a copy of your certificate along with proof of matriculation (i.e. acceptance letter, bill, proof of registration to:
Chenango County SWCD
99 North Broad St.
Norwich, NY 13815
Phone #607-334-4632, ext. 5
To become a sponsor, please contact us at the
Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District.
315-457-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Brief History:
The Envirothon competition has its roots in Pennsylvania from the early 1980's. By 1990 a National steering committee was created and a working relationship with the National Association of Conservation Districts was established. That same year, New York State participated in the National Envirothon for the first time. Since then, Soil & Water Conservation Districts across New York State organized their Envirothon competitions for high school students in their county. This year's event was held on April 18th at Friends of Rogers in Sherburne, NY.
The CNY Regional Envirothon is a joint effort and partnership between Onondaga, Cayuga, Chenango and Madison County Soil & Water Conservation Districts.
Learn more by visiting www.nysenvirothon.net.