CASSTOWN — On Saturday, Oct. 13, several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA State Urban and Agricultural Soils Career Development Events. The State Contest was held at Dawes Arboretum, east of Columbus. Each event required participants to evaluate four soils sites and take a written test and soil survey test.
During the Urban Soils event, the contestants evaluated land for building houses with basements, septic systems construction and maintenance, building of local roads and driveways, and landscaping. Competing from Miami East in the Urban Soils Event were Zach Kronenberger, Carter Gilbert, Emma Sutherly, and Rylee Puthoff. The team placed 25 in the state out of 47 schools. Highest individual from Miami East was Zach Kronenberger placing 68 out of 177.
The Agricultural Soils event required students to evaluate land for farming purposes through risk factors such as soil erosion, soil compaction, water quality, and soil health limitations. Additionally, they made suggestions on best management practices that would be implemented. The team placed 32 out of 49. Team members were Cael Rose, Samuel Sutherly, and Kris Richey. The highest placing individual from Miami East was Cael Rose at 57 out 183.
— Lauren Wright, Reporter