At the 23rd annual Oneida County Envirothon, which was hosted by the Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District at the New Hartford Town Park on May 1, one of the three teams from Whitesboro was the overall winner. A total of 18 teams from Oneida County competed.
The Envirothon is a competition that tests high school students’ knowledge in soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues, according to the Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District’s website. Students rotate through five outdoor stations – one for each subject – and they work as a team. The team with the highest score then goes on to represent Oneida County at the state level.
The winning team was made up of five Whitesboro students: Sam Stuhlman, Reid Burkdorf, Zach Gorgas, Maheen Qureshi and Alyssa Trinh. The team won the overall competition by five points, with a team from Camden coming in second place. The team won two out of the five categories, soils and current events.
Another team from Whitesboro included Drew Hastings, Mike D’Acurzzio, Danny Brindisi, Josh Weiler and Jayden Mueller, and a third team from Whitesboro included Joe Panuccio, Avery Cook, Tommy Morreale, Mike Collins and Sam Dubina. Mr. Greco and and Ms. Williams are the Envirothon advisors.
The winning team will compete in the New York State Envirothon at Hobart and William Smith College on May 22-23.