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North Country Winners of Student Environmental Competition Sponsored by New York Power Authority Announced

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304          

May 21, 2009

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PAUL SMITHS – More than 30 teams from 16 schools took part in the annual Northern Adirondack Regional Envirothon on April 28, sponsored by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), regional Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Paul Smith’s College.

A total of 160 students from area high schools participated in the competition that tests students’ knowledge of New York’s natural resources.

Teams of high school students compete in an outdoor setting, answering questions in five categories: soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current natural resources issues. Activities are designed to help students become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults.

The winning teams by county are: St. Lawrence County: Parishville-Hopkinton Central School; Clinton County: Champlain Valley Career and Technical Education; Franklin County: Saranac Lake Central School; Essex County: Lake Placid High School.

The winning teams are all eligible to participate in the New York State Envirothon Championship on May 27 and 28, at Keuka College, located in Keuka Park.

“Congratulations to all the winners, and our thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Envirothon,” said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel. “The Power Authority is proud to sponsor events like this that help today’s students better appreciate the environment they will help preserve and protect in the future.”

The winning team from New York State will compete in the 21st Annual Canon Envirothon Championship in August at the University of North Carolina, located in Asheville, N.C.

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