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On May 5, 2016, the 26th annual Oswego County Envirothon was held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center in Williamstown.  Students from Pulaski High School team 1 took first place in the event; Gabe Aguilar, Kelly Bushell, Hanna Greulich, Andrew Lapp, and Ruthie van der Heide.  Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW) High School came in second, and Oswego High School team 1 placed third. Students from Central Square, Hannibal, Mexico and Phoenix High Schools also vied for top honors at the event.  Primary sponsors for the event were Entergy Nuclear Northeast and the Indeck - Oswego Energy Center.

At the Envirothon, students on the ten participating teams were tested on their knowledge in the subject areas of aquatics, current environmental issues, forestry, soils, and wildlife, by taking hands-on exams consisting of twenty-five questions each. Hands-on means that students actually studied soils in a pit, measured trees, identified animals by their skulls and fur, and many other activities.  They also completed an verbal presentation component.  Teams achieving the highest score in a particular category received medals for their accomplishment. A unique aspect of the Envirothon is that a team consists of five members who work together to complete to exams.

Aquatics first place: Pulaski team 1

Current Issues first place: Pulaski team 2

Forestry first place: APW

Soils first place: Mexico

Wildlife first place: Pulaski Team 2

Verbal Presentation first place: Pulaski Team 1

Unified Team Award: Oswego team 2

Spirit Award: Central Square

As recognition for their first place overall performance, each member of the winning team from Pulaski High School received a $100.00 Hank Cosselman Memorial Scholarship from the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and a $100.00 scholarship from NRG Oswego Harbor Power.

New in 2016, and unannounced at the start of the competition, each Pulaski team 2 member won a $100.00 Excellence in Wildlife scholarship courtesy of Ed Hogan, for winning the Wildlife category.

The success of this year’s event was made possible by the participating students and advisors, many volunteers, and the additional support of numerous local sponsors; Agri-Mark Dairy Farmers, Compass Credit Union, Eagle Beverage Company, Inc., Fulton Screen Printing, Hannibal Village Market IGA, National Grid, New York Master Forest Owners, New York Water Environment Association, Inc., North Shore Sportsmen’s Association, Novelis Corporation, Oswego County Trappers Association, Pepsi, Price Chopper and TOPS Markets.

The Envirothon students from Pulaski participated in the New York State Envirothon at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY on May 25 and 26 where they placed 23rd.

August 11, 2016: Pualski High School Envirothon team in front of the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski, after being presented with a proclamation for winning the Oswego County Envirothon.  L to R: Andrew Lapp, Gabe Aguilar, team advisor Jamie Hefti, Hanna Greulich, and Ruthie van der Heide.  Missing from photo: Kelly Bushell

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May 5, 2016: Students from Mexico High School answer questions about soils at the Oswego County Envirothon.