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Three Skaneateles teams finish at top of CNY Envirothon competition

Skaneateles Envirothon participants are: front row, from left: Olivia Hamlin, Kelly Valente, Aryn Krebs, Amanda Shoenfelt, Alex Iocolano, Stephen Hartnett.  Back from left: Laura Knighton, David Debois, Rachael DeWitt, LJ Mills, Colby Buell, Matt Wolford, Jake Parr, Jake Brillo.

Skaneateles Envirothon participants are: front row, from left: Olivia Hamlin, Kelly Valente, Aryn Krebs, Amanda Shoenfelt, Alex Iocolano, Stephen Hartnett. Back from left: Laura Knighton, David Debois, Rachael DeWitt, LJ Mills, Colby Buell, Matt Wolford, Jake Parr, Jake Brillo. Lori Ruhlman

— A Skaneateles High School team came out on top when students from school districts in four counties gathered at Rogers Conservation Center in Sherburne, NY, for the annual Central New York Regional Envirothon. The Skaneateles team Bedrock Stars took first place for Onondaga County and first place for the entire region at the hands-on learning event.

But the good news didn’t stop there. A second team from Skaneateles, called Biltmore Tough, took second place for Onondaga County and second place overall. And Skaneateles High School’s Team Three, called The Awesome Opossums, won first place in two of the six special areas/individual events: oral presentation and current environmental issue. In fact, the three Skaneateles teams won five of the six special areas that are judged.

At the Envirothon, high school students from Cayuga, Chenango, Madison and Onondaga Counties – organized in teams of up to five members each –competed to win prizes, college scholarships and a chance to attend the state level Envirothon. The top team in each county earned that right.

Members of team one (Bedrock Stars) are now preparing for the state-wide competition May 23 and 24 at Hobart William Smith College. The members, all seniors, are Rachael DeWitt, David DuBois, LJ Mills, Mathew Wolford and Olivia Hamlin.

Members of team two (Biltmore Tough) include seniors Alexander Iocolano, Jacob Parr, Stephen Hartnett, Jacob Brillo and junior Amanda Shoenfelt. They came in second only to their own classmates on Bedrock Stars. They earned more points than any of the other 21 teams in Onondaga County and any of the teams in the three other counties.

The competition tests students’ knowledge in five different environmental subjects: Aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and land use, and current environmental issues.

Members of Skaneateles High School’s team three, The Awesome Opossums, include Laura Knighton, Aryn Krebs, Colby Buell, Mercedes Morales and Kelly Valente. They became experts in low impact development to win the oral presentation and current event categories.

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