For the second year in a row, a team from Hastings High School will represent Westchester in a state competition testing students’ knowledge of the environment.
Hastings placed fourth out of 23 teams participating last month at the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon in Fishkill. As the highest scoring team from Westchester, the five-member squad – led by its teacher, Melissa Shandroff – will head to Morrisville State College to face off against fellow winners from counties across the state.
According to Westchester officials, the primary goal of the competition is to encourage students to learn about the natural environment and become “good stewards of the land.” Teams are tested on their knowledge of soils, aquatics, forestry and wildlife.
County Executive Rob Astorino congratulated Hastings in a statement, and applauded the effort of all seven Westchester teams that battled for a place in the state finals.
The county Department of Planning and Westchester’s Soil and Water Conservation district co-sponsored the Hudson Valley regional competition. It will also back Hastings in the state competition.
Members of the Hastings High School team from left to right: Ariadne Bazigos, Clara Weinstein, Veronica Erdman, Miranda Mitchell and Alexandra Bazigos.