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Six Tri County High School Ag Education students competed at the Area 6 Range Management Contest in Pawnee County on September 19th.   The contest was held at the Bowwood Wildlife Management Area east of Lewiston.

The Pawnee County NRCS, the Nemaha NRD and Area County Extension Services hosted the contest.  Students competed in two divisions, a junior division or a senior division. Each team was made up of four students.  Students evaluated three sites for degree of use, condition and site name.  They took a written quiz and reviewed a range management map and made recommendations.  The contestants then identified 24 plants from a list of over 150 plants and gave characteristics such as life span, forage value and growth response for each.

Ag Education Departments competing were from Tri-County, Plattsmouth, Osceola, Diller-Odell, Milford, Nebraska City, Norris, Sterling, Conestoga, Friend, Auburn, Deshler, Johnson Co. Central and Lewiston.  To earn a senior division ribbon a student must place in the top 19 of the judgers.

Tri County senior Sophie Linnemann won the Grand Champion Purple Rosette.  Sophie bested 73 other contestants in the senior division plus all the junior division judgers.  The team of Linnemann, Alexx Malchow, Kailey Weichel and Alexis Gerritse finished in third place as a team and received red team ribbons.  Weichel and Malchow earned individual ribbons.  Other Tri County competitors were Bonnie Jantzen and Haleigh Fletcher.  Tri County FFA Advisor Dave Barnard won the adult division and recorded the best score of the day.

The next judging competition for the Tri County students will be in Gage Co. on October 4th at the Area Land Judging Contest.