Last year, Paul Smith's College offered scholarships to students from the winning teams. According to DeAngelo, the college will consider any envirothon participant for a scholarship to study a related field at Paul Smith's.
Science teacher Becky Bosley has coached the ELCS Envirothon team for the past five years and said the event helps motivate students to learn. Three members of this year's team have expressed a desire to someday work in the field of environmental science.
Other schools to win top honors in their counties were Parishville-Hopkinton Central School in St. Lawrence County, Champlain Valley Career and Technical Education Center in Clinton County, and Franklin Academy in Franklin County.
The winning teams are all eligible to participate in the New York State Envirothon Championship June 2 and 3 at Keuka College, located in Keuka Park, N.Y. There, they can compete for scholarships and a chance to go on to the national competition in Fresno, Calif.