CBA’s Envirothon Team finished second in Onondaga County and third overall at the highly competitive Central New York Regional Envirothon event at Beaver Lake recently. The team consists of seniors Melissa Boehlert, Addie Buerkle, Isabella Jamer, Maggie Kinsella and sophomore Bridget Kinsella. This is the highest finish for CBA in the history of the competition.
The girls competed against three dozen schools from Chenango, Madison and Cayuga counties. The competition consists of five stations, outdoors, in the field: aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and current environmental issues. In addition, the teams prepare and defend an oral presentation (this year it was invasive species) before a panel of judges from various science professions and professors. The girls worked for months, several days a week after school, and also prepared on their own. They scored the second highest number of points in the overall competition, bringing home second place for Onondaga County.
The Central New York Regional Envirothon is a field-based competition sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Central New York and includes schools from Chenango, Madison, Onondaga and Cayuga counties.