Student teams from Wynford High School and the Centerville Environmental Management program were first place winners in the 66th annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Land and Soil Judging Contest held October 13th at Dawes Arboretum in Licking County. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District and Haviland Plastic Products.
Wynford’s victory came in the agricultural land judging portion of the competition, where soils are evaluated for their limitations, soil health, fertility and overall potential for agricultural production. The Centerville win came in the urban soil judging category, which challenges students to evaluate soil limitations for urban applications such as buildings, septic systems, roads and landscaping.
Teams from Centerburg and Monroeville placed second and third, respectively, in the agricultural contest. Northmor and Buckeye Central took second and third place, respectively, in the urban contest.
Clay Montgomery of Gallipolis was the top-scoring student in the Agricultural Land and Soil Judging Contest. Morgan Wenger of Upper Sandusky and Connor Miller of Wynford placed second and third as individuals in the agricultural contest.
Wilson Chandler of Centerville received first place in the Urban Land Judging Contest. Aliva Niese of Buckeye Central and Jadelyn Evans of East Knox placed second and third as individuals in the urban contest.
This year’s state-level competition hosted 96 teams representing 68 high schools, with a combined 360 students competing. Nearly 400 schools and close to 2,000 students participated in the district contests to determine which schools would advance to the state contest. The Wynford High School and Centerville Environmental Management teams are now eligible to compete in the National Land and Soil Judging contest in Oklahoma next May.