Students Win Regional Envirothon Competition
The members of the Ballston Spa High School Envirothon Team recently competed in the Saratoga Regional Envirothon Competition where they were named both the Saratoga County Winner as well as the Grand Champions of the regional event. The event was held virtually this year due to the current pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions. The win made the team eligible to compete in the virtual NY State Envirothon Competition on May 25-28, 2021. Members of the Ballston Spa High School team include Zach Baskin, Erin Battaglia, Celine Cammarere, Jakob Nichols, Alyssa Stoffel, and Cameron McKay (alternate). The team was coached by Ballston Spa High School Science instructor Mrs. Marcotullio.
“The NYS Envirothon is an excellent opportunity for our students to apply their knowledge and skills to problems within our environment that need - perhaps desperately need - our attention and the attention of our next generation of scientists,” indicated Ballston Spa Superintendent of Schools Ken Slentz. “We were excited to have our team and coach move on to the next level of competition.”
The NY State Envirothon, sponsored by the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Districts, is designed to test students’ knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues within New York State. It also strives to cultivate students’ desire to learn more about our natural resources and environmental issues. Envirothon activities begin locally with teams of five 9th through 12th grade students competing for their County Envirothon title.
Local competitions are sponsored by their Conservation Districts, with a helping hand from local environmental recreational civic groups and businesses. County winners then move on to the state contest where their knowledge is challenged in five areas: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils & land use, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. For more information please visit https://www.nysenvirothon.org/.