Oswego County Students Compete in Annual Envirothon

May 10, 2024

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) held its 32nd annual Oswego County Envirothon on May 2 at Camp Zerbe in Williamstown. Student teams from schools across the county participated in the competition.

This year’s overall winner was the team from Oswego High School, which now will advance to the New York State Envirothon hosted at SUNY Cortland at the end of the month. G. Ray Bodley High School Team 1 came in second place overall and Pulaski High School placed third overall.

The competition also presented first and second place awards respectively in the following individual categories:

  • Aquatics – G. Ray Bodley High School Team 1, Pulaski High School
  • Forestry – G. Ray Bodley High School Team 1, Oswego High School
  • Soils – Pulaski High School, APW High School
  • Wildlife – G. Ray Bodley High School Team 2, Pulaski High School
  • Current Issues – Oswego High School, Hannibal High School
  • Presentation – Oswego High School, G. Ray Bodley High School Team 1
  • Team Spirit – APW High School, Hannibal High School
  • Most Unified Team – Paul V. Moore High School, Pulaski High School

The competition tests high school students on their knowledge of natural resources in New York State. They completed hands-on exams covering a variety of topics such as aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and current environmental issues. Prior to the event, the students also completed a verbal presentation component that was scored by a panel of judges.

Teams from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) High School, Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, Hannibal High School, Oswego High School and Pulaski High School participated in this year’s event.

Past Oswego County Envirothon champions include teams from APW High School, Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, Oswego High School and Pulaski High School.

The Oswego County Soil and Water District is grateful to Oswego County Parks and Recreation Coordinator Kyle Perez for his help with logistics and equipment, as well as welcoming school teams.

The agency also extends its gratitude to the many volunteers and partners who helped write exams, monitor stations and score tests. They included Stacy Furgal, New York Sea Grant; Linda Brosch, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; Amy Langner, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service; Kirsten Short and Krista Tyrrell, USDA – Farm Services Agency; Tiffany Beshures, Eric Kraus and Douglas Lindsey, Constellation; Ed Hogan, Oswego County Trappers Association; Walt Friebel, Cornell University forest owner; Marion Greenhalgh, retired from NRG Oswego Harbor Power; and Rich and Roxane Thormann, former advisors for the APW High School team.

The competition was sponsored by Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, Constellation Energy Corp., Indeck Energy, National Grid, Ed Hogan, Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Agri-Mark Dairy Farmers, Compass Federal Credit Union, Eagle Beverage Company, Inc., Fulton Screen Print & Embroidery, New York Master Forest Owners, New York Water Environment Association, Inc., North Shore Sportsmen’s Association, Novelis, Oswego County Trappers Association, PepsiCo, Inc., Price Chopper Supermarkets and Sandy Tuori-Bell.

Oswego County Envirothon was coordinated by Erica Schreiner, senior district technician for OCSWCD, with assistance from OCSWCD Manager Joe Chairvolotti, OCSWCD Technician Sarra Learned and OCSWCD Treasurer Laura Romanowicz.

For more information about the annual Oswego County Envirothon or the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, visit https://www.oswegosoilandwater.com or call the office at 315-592-9663.
Hannibal High School Soil Station

OSWEGO COUNTY STUDENTS COMPETE IN ENVIROTHON COMPETITION – High school students from several local school districts competed in the 32nd annual Oswego County Envirothon on Thursday, May 2. Students were tested at multiple stations on various topics such as aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and current environmental issues. Pictured are members of the Hannibal High School team at the soils station.

Oswego High School Team

OSWEGO TAKES FIRST PLACE IN ENVIROTHON COMPETITION- Oswego High School placed first overall in the 2024 Oswego County Envirothon. The competition allows Oswego County students to showcase their knowledge of natural resources. The Oswego High School team will advance to the New York State Envirothon at SUNY Cortland later this month. Pictured from left are Michael Paestella, Elliot Newell, Aaron O’Brien, Ian MacKenzie and Jack DelConte.