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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

— Envirothon wins have become a tradition at Skaneateles High School. Teams have won first place county and regional trophies for all but two years out of the past 15 years.

Two students from last year’s winning team came back to help this year’s teams, as they worked with new advisor Marcus Guy.

Elyce Buell, now at Cornell, made up the tests to determine local team selection in Skaneateles, said Guy. Joe Copeland attended meetings as an assistant. “Joe was here a lot and helped with everything,” said Valente. “He was really helpful.”

The students had feared the tradition of Envirothon might not continue when science teacher Rick Garrett opted out of being the advisor for this year. Guy, a social studies teacher, offered to assist when he saw that no one else was going to offer to fill the position. “When I stepped up, Elyce contacted me and offered to help. She also suggested Joe might be interested in helping.”

Guy said he enjoyed coaching the teams and found it rewarding. He was highly impressed by the team members. “The amount they have to know is just incredible,” he said.

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