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Westview tops county 4-H/FFA Soils Career Development Title

In one of the closest team contests in recent years along with an outstanding individual effort, Westview successfully defended its title as champion of the LaGrange County 4-H/FFA Soils Career Development Event on September 15th at a site in the north central part of the county.

Coach Paul Baker’s Warriors claimed both Junior and Senior Division titles but not without a serious Lakeland challenge led by Lydia Allen, whose score of 398 is thought to be the highest ever recorded in the county competition.

The Warriors total of 1003 points were led by Cody Collyer with 361 points followed by Ryan Wisler’s 343. Todd Wisler rounded out the champions with 299. Coached by Katie Allen, the Lakers finished second with 996. Pierce Edsall followed Lydia Allen with 337 points.

A Westview Junior Division team finished third overall at 909 and was led by Carlin and Sharla Yoder with 307 and 302 points respectively. Westview teams also took the fourth and fifth place spots overall in the senior competition.

The Prairie Heights senior entries were coached by Ron Noll and finished sixth. The Panthers were led by Ryan Rasler with 314 points.

The top eight senior teams as well as the six highest scoring junior teams advance to this year’s area competition to be held on October 2nd in Steuben County. Senior 4-H/FFA teams are classified as students in ninth grade and above while juniors are typically seventh and eighth graders.

Soils judging competition is one of several Career Development Events offered to participants in

4-H and FFA programs and tests students' ability to determine soil types, land formations, moisture, texture, and soil’s capability for use in housing sites as well as its agricultural potential.

The LaGrange County contest is a cooperative venture among the county high schools' agriculture instructors and staffs of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and LaGrange County Soil & Water Conservation District along with local property owners who provide land access and excavation authorization.

Organizers for the event included: Martin Franke (SWCD) and John Emerson (Purdue Extension) with soil assessment by Natural Resource Conservation Service Soil Scientist Scott Haney. Land access was provided by owners Wilbur and Mary Emma Schmidt and excavation service provided by Sherman Farms.