HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A team of Hastings High School science students topped all Hudson Valley entries and has advanced to the New York State Envirothon for the third straight year.
The Hastings High School team was led by their teacher, Melissa Shandroff.
Hastings led 24 teams participating from high schools around the region after ranking fifth in the 2014 regional competition held April 30 at the Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill. The two teams from The Mount Academy in Ulster County placed first and second. Chatham High School in Columbia County placed third.
“Congratulations to the team from Hastings High School, whose members advance to represent the county in the state finals,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “I am proud of the students’ achievements and the excellent efforts of all our Westchester teams.”
The goal of the Envirothon is to encourage students to learn about the natural environment and to become good stewards of the land. The competing teams, each made up of five students, are tested on their knowledge of five environmental topics: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.
In preparation for the events, students develop research skills, practice team building and gain an appreciation for consensus decision making.
On May 21-22, the highest scoring team from each county will compete in the New York State Envirothon at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y.
The other teams from five Westchester schools that participated were John Jay High School, Katonah-Lewisboro School District,
Ossining High School, Yorktown High School
Tech Center High School and Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES, Yorktown Heights.
The Westchester County Department of Planning and Soil and Water Conservation District co-sponsored the Hudson Valley regional competition and will co-sponsor Hastings High Schools’ participation in the New York State competition.