Hastings High School students (from right to left) - Melissa Shandroff, Veronica Erdman, Miranda Mitchell, Clara Weinstein, Ariadne Bazigos and Alexandra Bazigos.
For the third year in a row, Hastings High School was Westchester’s highest-scoring team in the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon – earning them a spot at the New York State Envirothon later this month.
Of the 24 teams participating from high schools around the region, Hastings ranked 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.
The primary 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. The Hastings High School team was led by their teacher, Melissa Shandroff.
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.
“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.”
Eight teams from five Westchester schools participated:
· John Jay High School, Katonah-Lewisboro School District
· Hastings High School
· Ossining High School
· Yorktown High School
· Tech Center High School, 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.