LINCOLN (NE) October 9, 2019 – Four teams of high school students have earned trips to the State Land Judging Contest by qualifying at the East Central Nebraska Regional Contest held Wednesday near Weeping Water. The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service hosted 250 students from 12 schools who competed.
Students identify soil characteristics at field sites selected by a soil scientist and use the information to determine suitable uses for the land, such as what crops to grow or what kinds of development the land would support. Appropriate conservation practices are also determined. Students compete individually and as a team.
Top individual honors went to Mallory Hughes, of Raymond Central High School. Spencer Allen, of David City was second and Ben Robinson, of Lincoln’s Career Academy placed third. Other purple ribbon winners included Adam Kotas and Colby Homolka, of Wilber-Clatonia; Ellie Hula, Alena Cuttlers and Madison Parham, of Raymond Central; Suzie Piitz, of East Butler; and Connor Troyer of Milford.
A Raymond Central team that included Blake Stanley, Hula, Hughes and Cuttlers won the competition and qualified for the state contest. Nebraska is divided into seven regions, with the top teams from each of the top four schools in a region advancing to the state contest. The Career Academy team of Laurie Tomka, Aaron McClellan, Isaac Thompson and Robinson also qualified for state, along with the Wilber-Clatonia team of Jack Fritch, Homolka, Kotas and Sawyer Kunc and the Milford team of Nolan Eichoff, Carly Donoghue, Alexis Keib and Matt Walker. The State Land Judging Contest will be held October 23rd in Tecumseh.