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Envirothon team takes first place at states

FALLS VILLAGE — Students in the Envirothon team from Housatonic Valley Regional High School beat teams from across the state to take first place in the Connecticut Envirothon last month.

Teens from 35 Connecticut high schools met at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington on May 21. There, they tested their knowledge of the natural world in soil, water, wildlife and forestry, with a theme of biodiversity.

The weather cooperated for the 200-plus students, who used their knowledge in a series of field tests in a sort of environmental Olympics. Students tackled questions that many college students or adults would find challenging.

The day also included identifying trees, fish and other wildlife species.

Students climbed down into a soil pit to observe and interpret the soil layers.

And, they gave a prepared oral presentation explaining their plans for managing a new state Wildlife Area in Suffield for grassland birds and other species.

The day included a barbecue lunch, a raffle and the awards ceremony, where first place was awarded to the team from Housatonic. The Wamogo FFA came in second and Litchfield High School third.

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