Students on expedition

TICONDEROGA - Janet Mallon's eighth grade Regents Living Environment class of Ticonderoga Middle School went on a field trip to New York City to tour the American Museum of Natural History on Feb. 3.

The student members were Riley Chapman, Anthony Costello, Ashley Costello, Hannah Herbst, Katie Palandrani, Markie teRiele, Nicole Trudeau, Tanner Wright and Anita Zhang.

The group left at 4:30 a.m. from the middle school to visit the AMNH to study biodiversity, ecology and evolution. The group had a long day, getting back to the school after 11 p.m.

While at the museum, the students visited various halls such as the Halls of Biodiversity, Ocean Life, North American Mammals, African Mammals, Dinosaurs, the Hayden Planetarium presentation of "Cosmic Collisions" and the IMAX movie "Dinosaurs Alive!"

The group got a special tour of the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins.

The day included a hands-on laboratory experience, led by museum specialist Dr. Samara Rubinstein, investigating similarities and differences among four groups of primates. Cladograms were made after the investigation based on what the students observed and measured.

The students agree that the day was an exhilarating experience and they learned very much about the living environment and evolutionary relationships.

The day's events could not have happened without sponsors such as the Elks club of Ticonderoga, International Paper's Ticonderoga Mill, Snug Harbor Marina, the Ti Middle School Student Advocate Committee, and several individual donors.

The group also thanked the Ti Elementary/Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization for the opportunity to fundraise with a bake sale at a movie night in December.

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