Randolph Envirothon Team Places Fourth At State Competition

The Randolph Central School Envirothon team placed fourth out of 47 teams at the state Envirothon, which was held May 30 and 31 at Morrisville State College.

The Randolph team placed first at the Cattaraugus County contest held at Allegany State Park in April. The team members are: Jeff Andrews, Taryn Dechow, Andrew Hvizdzak, Wes Sluga and Megan Steward. The team was coached by Pat Walker, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Randolph.

The Envirothon is the largest conservation education program in North America, and begins at the local level with schools from each county competing to advance to a statewide, and ultimately a continent-wide, event. It is an outdoor, hands-on event that emphasizes teamwork and features five-member teams of high school students.

The teams compete to test their knowledge of various natural resource related topics, including: wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatics and a current issuetopic-which was “Sustainable Rangeland Management” this year. The current issue topic is chosen by the state that hosts the North American Envirothon, which will be held in Montana this year.

The teams work together to complete exams at five different stations that address these subjects. An oral presentation on the current issues topic is rated as part of the score at the current issues station. Scores for the five exams are totaled, and the team with the highest cumulative score wins the competition.