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GFHS Envirothon team places second in competition

photo of studentsJune 10, 2016 — Before you go on your next Adirondack hike, you might want to consult with wildlife experts—and we have them here at GFHS! The Environmental club placed second out of 15 teams in the county-wide Envirothon competition at Warren County Fish Hatchery in May.

Envirothon is science program for high school students, in which they meet after school year-round to study the natural environment and prepare for the springtime competition. Teams compete at five stations to test their knowledge of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils & land use, wildlife, and a current issue. The 2016 current issue is invasive species.

The team of Sadie Zollinger, Madison MacDonald, Rhyann Subcliff, Shyanne McIntosh, Deagan Jones, Jace Clapper, Zain Ashfaq, Scarlett DeWitt, Alex Morris, and Brock Layden had to meet challenges such as identifying animal furs to take second place in the wildlife division.

“From what I understand, this group has had the highest score in the wildlife topic since the competition started,” said biology teacher and club advisor Dennis Dempsey.

Envirothon also includes an oral presentation on natural resource issues within New York State. Environmental professionals from various organizations such as the Department of Environmental Conservation judge the talks.

“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,” says the New York State Envirothon website.