L to R - Front Row - Makayla Aichholz, Alex Fike, Paul Heydinger, Tori Miller Back Row - Jaret Shook, Ray Stahl, Peter Keller, Seth Ollis, Derek Kalb, Austin Wurm

BC FFA advances to state soils contest after solid performance at districts

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Buckeye Central FFA excelled at the District 2 Soils Contest in Lorain County.

The Rural Land Judging Team placed first out of 21 schools, and Urban Land Judgint Team placed first as a team out of 20 schools.

“Our hard work has payed off,” teacher Tyler Pope said. “And it is evident in the results. The participants overcame the rain and cold and represented our Chapter and Community well.”

Not only did BC place first as a team, but also had students place first individually in rural and urban.

Peter Keller placed first individually in the Urban contest and Ray Stahl placed first individually in Rural contest.

“Even though the weather wasn’t favorable,” Stahl said. “we still dominated the competition.”

The rest of the rural team did well too. Makayla Aichholz placed second individually, Tori Miller placed 11 individually, Jaret Shook placed 19 individually, and Derek Kalb placed 50 individually.

“It’s crazy what happens when hard work, passion, a little dirt on your hands, and knowledge all blend together,” Seth Ollis said. “I am proud of our FFA for all we have accomplished.”

The rest of the urban team was just as dominant as the rural team. Austin Wurm placed second individually, Ollis placed fourth individually, Paul Heydinger placed seventh individually, and Alex Fike placed 25 individually.

“I was expecting the Urban team to go to state,” Heydinger said. “Because we have a strong team and have won districts for the past four years now.”

The BC FFA’s dominating performance helped them get to the state competition, in both contest areas, which is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Taft Reserve Park in Newark.

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