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John Jay High School Students Fare Well In 'Envirothon' Competition

AP Environmental students from John Jay High School recently competed in the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon.
AP Environmental students from John Jay High School recently competed in the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Two teams represented John Jay High School at the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon held at Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill on April 14.

Each team was composed of five juniors and seniors in AP environmental science. The teams were coached by teachers Linda Rachele Burke and Matt Funnell.

Team One members were Nicholas Filannino, Matthew Gomes, Danielle Kulick, Sarahann Rozsa and Kaitlin Simonides; Team Two comprised Sofia David, Ryan Dwyer, Cooper Klares, Rosie Sacco and Corneil Smith.

The teams competed in five different environmental categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue – this year, it was invasive species.

The students also prepared a presentation to offer a solution to an environmental problem – this year, it was the invasion of hydrilla in a New York State lake.

John Jay's Team One came in fourth place overall in the competition and took second place in Westchester County, only six points behind Ossining.

Dwyer brought Team Two to a first-place finish in wildlife and Filannino led Team One to a third-place finish in forestry.

Lewisboro Police Chief Frank Secret helped the students prepare for the wildlife event.

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