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The 32nd annual Chautauqua County Envirothon held at Camp Merz in Mayville

Pictured are Envirothon participants.
Submitted Photo The winning team Chautauqua County Envirothon team, Chautauqua Lake Team 1, was coached by Brian Fortney and Mary Jantzi and included Sophia Shearer, Abigail Parker, Sydney Hawkins, Henry Mueller and Owen Nelson

A brisk day did not stop the 13 schools, comprising 22 teams, to participate in the event. Students spent the day answering environmentally-based questions focused around the core areas of wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatics and a current issue. The Envirothon, an environmental competition for students in ninth through 12th grades, held its first competition in New York in the spring of 1979. The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted its first Envirothon in Chautauqua County in 1990.

The 2022 overall winner placings are as follows: Chautauqua Lake Team I in first place, Chautauqua Lake Team II in second place, and Panama Team I in third. The winning team was coached by Brian Fortney and Mary Jantzi and included Sophia Shearer, Abigail Parker, Sydney Hawkins, Henry Mueller and Owen Nelson. Chautauqua Lake Team I will now travel to Hobart and William Smiths Colleges to represent Chautauqua County in the New York State Envirothon.

Also, awards were given for high scores in the individual categories. Pine Valley scored first in the soils category, first in wildlife and first in forestry. Southwestern placed first in the aquatics category and Forestville placed first in current issue. David Spann presented teams winning individual events with field guides from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

All competing teams, coaches and volunteers received locally dyed tie-dye t-shirts to commemorate this event.

Sponsors include Rock Hill Engineering LLC, County Line Stone Co. Inc, Knight Vineyards LLC, Donald Harrington, Gernatt Asphalt Products Inc., and the Chautauqua County Town and Village Highway Superintendents Association. Business contributions were received from S. St. George Enterprises, American Legion Post 434, Ron Cunningham, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Inc., Robert W. Van Every, Jamestown Macadam Inc., Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Trout Unlimited Inc., Chautauqua County Pomona Grange, Conewango Creek Watershed Association, Ecostrategies Civil Engineering LLC, Tri-James Services Inc., Jamestown Macadam Inc., and the Chautauqua County Pomona Grange.

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