The Eight Street Middle, Northeast and Tift County High FFA Land Judging teams participated in the Area V FFA Land Judging CDE Sept. 24 at Thomas County Central High School in Thomasville.
The Northeast team placed second overall in the junior division and will advance to state competition on Oct. 26 at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley.
Northeast team members that will advance to the state competition are Christian Sumner, Nicole Taylor, Drayton Lindsey and Hunter Parten. Sumner was the second high scoring individual in the entire Junior division.
The ESMS Land Judging team placed third overall in the junior division. ESMS team members are Skyler Mikell, Nicholas Spader, Caley Driggers and Crystal Maldonado. Spader was the third high scoring individual in the entire junior division and Mikell was the sixth high scoring individual in the competition.
The TCHS land judging team placed third in the senior division. TCHS team members are Kelsey Schlemmer, David Cheek and Kameron Swain. Swain was the sixth high scoring individual in the entire senior division.
As part of the CDE, FFA members had to evaluate eight different land factors to determine the land capability class and the recommended land use. The students then had to recommend vegetative and mechanical land treatment practices and plant nutrients that needed to be added to conserve and improve the land.
The land judging teams competed under the direction of FFA advisers Beth Golden and Anna Taylor (ESMS), Brittaney Schwing (Northeast) and Lynne Cook (Tift County High).
FFA is a national organization of more than 449,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The Land Judging Career Development Event is sponsored by Georgia Farm Credit Associations as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.