This year the Berlin CSD Envirothon teams adapted to remote participation quickly and were able to compete in the first-ever online Regional Envirothon, on May 7.

Each year Berlin Middle-High School sends multiple teams of students to compete at the annual Regional Envirothon Competition in Gilboa, NY. The competition tests the students’ knowledge of aquatics, soils, wildlife, forestry, and current issues that the Department of Environmental Conservation is facing. Participants are from grades 9 through 12.

The “Berlin Bees” Envirothon team members were Samantha Rokjer, Elsie Corbett and Riley Smith. The “Berlin Gold” team included Sophie Ericson, Jordan Shupe, Jordanne Brazie, Jacob Brazie and Kylieann Krause. The teams were coached by Berlin Middle-High School science teachers Amanda Hayes and Nicholas Toole.

At the conclusion of the Regional Envirothon, the “Berlin Bees” prevailed and were invited to compete in the New York State Envirothon, held on May 28.

The “Berlin Bees” team members were joined by Jordan Shupe and Jordanne Brazie, from the “Berlin Gold” team, to compete as the Rensselaer County Envirothon team.

The Rensselaer team worked together to answer the 125 questions on the NYS Envirothon exam. The team kept a strong attitude and reasoned out many of the exam questions with knowledge they have gained from their science classes at Berlin CSD.

The students could be heard making remarks about having learned about topics in Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Chemistry, Earth Science and Biology.

Our Rensselaer County team placed 11th overall in this year’s New York State Envirothon competition. It showed impressive enthusiasm, focus  and motivation to compete this year remotely. Congratulations, team!

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