Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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May 26, 2017

Commissioner Ball Congratulates Student Winners of the New York State Envirothon Competition

High School Students in Ulster, Nassau and Erie Counties Receive Top Honors in the Environmental Science Competition, Earn Scholarships

State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today congratulated the student winners of the 28th annual New York State Envirothon Competition, which took place May 24 and 25 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  The team from Mount Academy in Ulster County was named New York State Champions at the long-standing environmental science competition, which challenges students on their knowledge of natural resource science, public speaking, and civic engagement. Great Neck South High School in Nassau County and East Aurora High School in Erie County were awarded second and third place.

Commissioner Ball said, “Congratulations to the Mount Academy team and all of the participating students on their success at the Envirothon Competition.  Every year, our Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsor this great event that challenges students to use their knowledge and passion for science and the environment to address important issues like water and soil quality and wildlife.  I’m proud to know that these students will be our future ambassadors for the environment and our state’s natural resources.”

Sponsored by New York State’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Envirothon tests students’ knowledge and understanding of natural resource and environmental issues within New York State. Students compete in a series of hands-on, field station tests in the areas of soil/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and an emerging environmental issue. The 2017 environmental issue focuses on agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship. This year, teams of students at 214 schools in 56 counties competed for a chance to move up to the State Envirothon Competition. 

The winning student team from Mount Academy will now represent New York State at the National Conservation Foundation-Envirothon this July in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Each member of the team received a scholarship and the team will compete against other top teams from the U.S. and Canada in Ontario.

Chairman of the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee Dale Stein said, “Congratulations to the winners of the Envirothon Competition and to all of the students who got involved in this fun challenge.  It is so great to see the next generation so excited about the environment and protecting our natural resources.  No doubt these students will be our future leaders.”

FIRST PLACE - The Mount Academy, Ulster County
2017 NYS Envirothon_1st Place_Ulster County_The Mount Academy

SECOND PLACE - Great Neck South High School, Nassau County
2017 NYS Envirothon_2nd Place_Nassau County_Great South Neck

THIRD PLACE - East Aurora High School in Erie County
2017 NYS Envirothon_3rd Place_Erie County_East Aurora HS

The 2017 New York State Envirothon is made possible through the contributions of several sponsors and partnering agencies, including the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee. The Department’s Land and Water Division works to protect New York's land and water resources through farmland protection, farmland conservation and proactive environmental stewardship. 

Many federal and state environmental agencies, soil and water conservation districts, and higher education institutions provide expertise and help organize the event. 

About NYS Envirothon
The New York State Envirothon is coordinated by the New York State Envirothon Committee consisting of members of the NYS Conservation District Employees’ Association, NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. The program services hundreds of high school students throughout New York State and the five city boroughs. Winning teams from regional and county Envirothon competitions advance to the state and then to the national Envirothon, earning awards and scholarships at each level. The program is funded from contributions and grants from individuals, businesses and organizations. Contributions are tax deductible through the NYS Environmental Education Foundation and 100% of all contributions go towards the program. Additional information and sponsorship opportunities can be found at

Sponsors of the 2017 NYS Envirothon include:
NYS Environmental Education Foundation, NYS Conservation District Employees’ Association (NYSCDEA), NY Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD), NYS Soil & Water Conservation Committee (SWCC), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Dominion Gas Transmission, Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Steuben Soil & Water Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Meadowview Tree Farm Nursery LLC., Lamb & Webster Inc., Serendipity Expressions, Seneca Meadows Landfill, Terrell’s Potato Chip Company, Price Chopper, Stewart’s Shop.

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