CASSTOWN — On Wednesday, Sept. 28, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest in Darke County, north of Versailles.
The Urban Soils team consisted of Blaine Brokschmidt, Kelsea Drake, Jessica Hicks, Anastasia Kilbourne, Zach Kronenberger, and Andy Wargo. The team placed eighth out of 22 teams. Blaine Brokschmidt was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 20 out of 132 individuals. Additional close placers were Kelsea Drake at 23, Zach Kronenberger at 24 and Anastasia Kilbourne at 29.
The Rural Soils team consisted of Daniel Baker, Michael Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Megan Honeyman, Saige Lacey, Thomas Miller, Jesse Nick and Anna Puthoff. The team placed 17 out of 33 teams. Thomas Miller was the high individual from Miami East placing 43 out 227 contestants. Additional top placers were Ethin Bendickson placing 62, Michael Bair placing 64, and Anna Puthoff placing 82.
The contest consisted of evaluating three soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth and soil texture. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the soil survey.