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South O'Brien Soils Team Advances to Nationals


November 7, 2019

Bryce Rasmussen, Jack Farquhar, Kaeley Einck, Angela Nyunt.

By Angela Nyunt

On October 12, four juniors of the South O'Brien FFA Chapter competed at the State Soil Judging Contest in Ames, Iowa. The Reserve State Champion team was made up of Kaeley Einck, Angela Nyunt, Jack Farquhar, and Bryce Rasmussen. Additionally, they placed 1st in the team exam, Bryce placed 3rd individually, and Angela placed 4th individually. This was Angela's and Jack's third year, Kaeley's second year, and Bryce's first year. The top five teams in each of the six districts qualify for state; this year, there were 30 teams present with 117 individuals. 

Chapter Advisor, Eric Kumm, noted that "There were a few areas of the judging that were challenging, but the team members were able to make some good decisions on how to mark their answers.  Really that's what our FFA Skills Events are all about, having the members develop problem solving skills that they can use, no matter what career they choose. The exam was an area they really focused on this year and they nailed it, which started the day off on a good note."

Last year's team missed the top 5 and qualifying for nationals by only 6 points, which was just extra motivation to advance to nationals this year. The weather might have been just an added bonus; Kaeley Einck stated, "It was a lot warmer this year compared to last year. Huge shoutout to Pam Fuller for supplying our handwarmers." 3 teams from the Northwest District advanced to nationals, showing how competitive our district is. The National Land and Range contest will be held in Oklahoma City in May 2020, with around 100 teams competing there. 


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