Conservation class sweeps at regional Envirothon    

CONTRIBUTEDFrom left, Marcus Schwarzmueller (Wilson), Jacob Taylor (Niagara Wheatfield), Jacob Phillips (Niagara Wheatfield), Alexander Ralph (Royalton-Hartland) and Elliot Wilczak (Niagara Wheatfield) took first-place honors in the 2019 regional Envirothon at Bond Lake Park. All are high school students enrolled in the conservation program at Niagara Career and Technical Education Center.

SANBORN — Three of the teams from Niagara Career and Technical Education Center took first, second and third place at the 2019 regional Envirothon competition.

The competition, run by the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District at Bond Lake Park Nature Center in Lewiston, quizzes teams of students in grades 9 through 12 on topics including wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soil/land use and a current environmental issue.

The goal is learning how to work with community groups and government agencies to solve potential real-life environmental problems that local communities may face in the future.

The teams put up by NCTEC consisted of high school students enrolled in the conservation program taught by Paul Dewey.

Members of the first-place champion team were Jacob Phillips (Niagara Wheatfield), Alexander Ralph (Royalton-Hartland), Marcus Schwarzmueller (Wilson), Jacob Taylor (Niagara Wheatfield) and Elliot Wilczak (Niagara Wheatfield).

Members of the second-place team were Noah Becker (North Tonawanda), Austin Gorton (Lewiston-Porter), Merissa Hescox (Niagara Wheatfield), Nakia Newell (Niagara Wheatfield) and Amanda Schurr (Starpoint).

Members of the third-place team were Justin Halstrom (Niagara Falls), Trinity Rafter (Niagara Wheatfield), Cheyenne Reuillard (Starpoint) and Megan Weiser (Starpoint).