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Lake County students excel at land judging contest

RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2011

News Relase originally distributed from Lake County Schools.

EUSTIS — Students of Lake County Schools excelled at the annual Land Judging competition hosted this month by Lake Soil and Water Conservation District at Lake May Reserve, a Lake County public lands property located on County Road 44 in Eustis.

The Lake Soil and Water Conservation District invited students in Future Farmers of America to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that were selected by Manuel Matos, soil scientist with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Individual scorecards were marked for evaluation of characteristics, planned use and limitations.

The winning teams were:

High School

  • First place: East Ridge High Blue Team
  • Second place: East Ridge High Gold Team
  • Third place: East Ridge High Silver Team

Middle School

  • First place: Clermont Middle Team 1
  • Second place: Clermont Middle Team 2
  • Third place: Gray Middle FFA

Individual high scores were:

High School Individual High Score

  • First place: Betsey Sharpless, East Ridge High Blue Team
  • Second place (tie): Savanna Olson & Jordan Oldham, both from East Ridge High Blue Team
  • Third place: Veronica Gonzales, East Ridge High Silver Team

Middle School Individual High Score

  • First place: Drew Mendoza, Clermont Middle Team 1
  • Second place: Maegan Garner, Clermont Middle Team 1
  • Third place (tie): Tyler Duffy, Clermont Middle Team 2, & Chris Brown, Clermont Middle Team 1

The first place high-school team won third place at the State Land Judging competition in Milton, Fla., on March 25.

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Lake Soil & Water Conservation District
352-343-2481, ext. 6

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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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