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GF Envirothon team heading to state championshipsGroup of smiling students outside at Envirothon

May 17, 2018 —
Glens Falls High School’s “A Team” of natural scientists is headed to the Envirothon statewide championships! Rhyann Subcliff, Shyanne McIntosh, Brock Layden, and Marjorie Layden will represent Warren County in the state-level knowledge competition about all things natural: wildlife, aquatic biology, soils, forestry, and more.

“The high school’s Environmental Club conducts several activities throughout the year in addition to preparing for the Environthon competition held each spring at the Warren County Fish Hatchery,” says science teacher Dennis Dempsey.

The competition consists of written quizzes and oral presentations that test students’ knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues within New York State. Questions range from identifying a frog species from an audio recording of its call, to describing how forest health and management affect biodiversity, global warming, and forest fragmentation.

“Glens Falls had three teams in the Envirothon, with Team B earning 6th place out of 20 teams,” said Mr. Dempsey. “Team A placed second, only 0.4% behind the first place team, having the competition’s highest scores in two of the five categories.” said Mr. Dempsey. The team now heads to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva for the statewide competition on May 24.

Each year of competition also tests knowledge of a specially-selected topic. “The year’s current topic is Rangelands, mostly a western topic but that is where the National competition is being held,” says Mr. Dempsey.

Good luck, team!