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Waterford FFA Soils Team headed to Nationals

The Waterford FFA Rural Soil Judging team is headed to Oklahoma, after participating in three different soil judging contests that lead them to becoming one of the best soil judging teams in Ohio.

The first competition was the Washington County Soil Judging Contest which was organized by the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District and was hosted by the Warren FFA Chapter. The Urban team placed first in county and team members consisted of Emma Hartline, Courtney Miller, Wade Huck, Owen Huck, Mackenzie Suprano and Mackenzie Cary. Hartline placed first, Miller placed second and Cary placed third individually in county. The Rural team placed first in county and team members consisted of Rebecca Miller, Alyssa McCutcheon, Clay Hansell, Haydon Reynolds and Dylan Hartline. McCutcheon placed first and Hansell placed second individually in county. Both the Urban and Rural teams will be recognized at the annual Washington County Soil & Water Banquet on Oct. 23 for their efforts.

The second competition was the District 10 Soils Contest which was held in Gallia County hosted by the South Gallia FFA Chapter. The Urban team placed third overall out of 14 teams with Hartline placing seventh individually out of 55 participants. The Rural team placed first overall out of 13 teams with Hansell placing first, Reynolds placing eighth and McCutcheon placing 10th individually out of 56 participants.

Both the Urban and Rural teams advanced to the State Soils contest on Oct. 12 which was held at the YMCA Camp Schiffer located in North Lewisburg, Ohio. The Urban team placed 13th overall and the Rural team placed fifth overall out of 50 teams from around the state of Ohio. For Rural, Hansell placed seventh and McCutcheon placed 10th individually out of 188 participants. The Rural team has now advanced to the National Soils Contest that is to be held from May 5-7 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This is also the second time (2014) in its history that the Waterford FFA Chapter has advanced to the National Soils contest.

Our FFA would like to thank the state soils sponsors, Haviland Plastic Products and the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Waterford FFA Rural Soil Judging team is taking any donations towards the expenses of the trip to the National Soils Contest that is to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. If interested please make checks out to the Waterford FFA Chapter and send to: The Waterford FFA Chapter-Rural Soil Judging Team, PO Box 67, Waterford, OH. 45786.

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