L to R - Tori Miller, Peter Keller, Austin Wurm, Makayla Aichholz, Seth Ollis, Paul Heydinger, Ray Stahl, Jaret Shook.

BC FFA qualifies for national soil judging contest

On Saturday, Oct. 11 the Buckeye Central FFA attended the State Soil Judging Contest at Taft Reserve Park in Newark, Ohio.

Both the Urban and Rural teams did exceptionally well at the contest with the Rural team placing 11th of 54 teams and the Urban team placing 3rd of 54 teams.

“It has been a fun and exciting year of soil judging,” Tori Miller said. “I have learned a lot and it has been an exciting experience.

For the Rural team, Jaret Shook placed 6th individually, Ray Stahl placed 28th, Tori Miller placed 140th, and Makayla Aichholz placed 185th out of 200 student participants.

“I am proud of our accomplishments this year,” Shook said. “I feel the Rural team did well.”

For the Urban team,  Seth Ollis placed 6th, Austin Wurm placed 10th, Paul Heydinger placed 32nd, and Peter Keller placed 39th out of 200 student participants.

“Leaving the competition, I felt we all did well. The results really showed that too,” Wurm said. “Our hard work really paid off.”

With a 3rd place finish the Urban Team advances to the National Soils Contest in Oklahoma in May 2015

“This is an extremely great accomplishment,” Ollis said. “We are creating a ‘Dirt Dynasty’.”

With the Urban team advancing to nationals, this makes for the second year in a row for BC FFA to go to the National Soil Judging Contest in Oklahoma.

“I can’t believe that we are going to Oklahoma,” Keller said. “We set the goal of going to nationals in August and we met it.”

“I feel we overcame four very challenging pits at the state competition, and put together very solid scores,” BC FFA advisor Tyler Pope said. “I am very proud of all the students and I look forward to a second to trip to Oklahoma with the students.”

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