A team of five Agriculture PTECH students won the top spot for Montgomery County at Thursday’s Capital Region Envirothon, advancing them to the state-level competition slated for later this month.
The outdoor environmental competition for high school students took place at the New York State Power Authority’s Visitor Center at Lansing Manor in Gilboa and brought together students from Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.
Ag PTECH students Max Prime, Brandon Johnson, Bradley Jasewicz, Aidan David and Alexis Sanguine worked together to answer questions about soils, wildlife, forestry, aquatics and current environmental issues. They also gave an oral presentation on the theme “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World” in which they designed a five-year research project to increase farm efficiency to meet the food needs of the world’s estimated population of 9 billion people by the year 2050.
Ag PTECH students Grace Yennard, Makenzie Merendo, Loretta Newcomer, Abigail Sanjurjo and Haley Clear also competed at the regional event.
The winning Ag PTECH team will compete May 22 at the NY State Envirothon at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.