HOWELLS – Earlier this month several northeast Nebraska schools participated in the Northeast Area FFA Land Judging Contest.
According to a release from the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, a team from Wisner-Pilger High School finished first with the top score of 1,251 points. Team members were Sydney Porter, Spencer Batenhorst, Taylor Scholting and Beau Ruskamp.
The Northeast Area FFA Land Judging Contest was held on Tuesday, October 5 four miles east of Howells on ground owned by John Doerneman. A total of 532 students from 27 high schools registered that morning at the Howells Ballroom before traveling to the testing site.
A team from Howells-Dodge High School placed second with a score of 1191 as third place went to Allen with a score of 1152. Teams from West Point-Beemer, Pender, Oakland-Craig and Stanton also brought home top honors. The top seven teams will participate at the State competition in the Holdrege area on Wednesday, October 20.
The top individual award went to Sydney Porter of Wisner-Pilger with a total score of 326, Levi Belina of Howells-Dodge was second with a score of 325 and Spencer Batenhorst of Wisner-Pilger came in third with 321 points. Ellee Hall of North Bend and Taylor Scholting of Wisner-Pilger came in fourth and fifth.
The site provided good diversity in soils and landscape positions for the students. The Northeast Area FFA Land Judging Contest helps the students make informed decisions regarding soil utilization in the future. Scoring was completed the following day at the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) office in Norfolk.
The high schools participating were Allen, Bancroft-Rosalie, Battle Creek, Blair, Clarkson, Elkhorn Valley-Tilden, Emerson-Hubbard, Howells-Dodge, Leigh, Logan View, Lutheran High Northeast, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Madison, Newman Grove, Norfolk, North Bend, Oakland-Craig, Osmond, Pender, Pierce, Randolph, Scribner-Snyder, Stanton, Tekamah-Herman, Wayne, West Point-Beemer and Wisner-Pilger.
LENRD, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Howells-Dodge High School and the Nebraska FFA Land Judging Committee organized and sponsored the contest.