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Tri County junior Alexx Malchow bested 190 other range judging contestants to win the Area 6 Range Contest on Wednesday, September 18th.  The competition was held southwest of Valparaiso, Nebraska and was hosted by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District.

Malchow teamed up with Jauques vanZyl, Evan Larson and Creighton Niemeyer to win the overall championship and senior division championship.  Each ag education student earned a purple team ribbon and a purple rosette. There were 17 schools from southeast Nebraska competing. Individually Tri County swept the top four places.  Alexx earned the purple rosette, Jauques came home with the second place blue ribbon, Evan earned the individual red ribbon and Creighton received the 4th place white ribbon. Chad Niemeier also ribboned for Tri County.  Patty Monnin competed in the senior division. Diller-Odell claimed the second place team award. Tri County can now compete at the state range contest at Imperial, Nebraska.

In the Junior Division Lucas Weise’s fourth place finish and Cole Siems 6th place finish lead Tri County to the third place team red ribbons.  Other’s on the team were Drew Garrison and Nicole Vodraska. Each member ribboned individually. Deshler won the Junior Division with Blue Hill claiming second.  Mr. Dave Barnard is the Tri County Ag Education Instructor.

The students identified plants from a list of over 125, evaluated three sites for type, condition and degree of use and competed a range management quiz.  The contestants also evaluated a grazing scenario and made recommendations.  Other schools at the contest were Red Cloud, Auburn, Aurora, Norris, Nebraska City, Conestoga, Sandy Creek, Blue Hill, Diller-Odell, Deshler, Osceola, Blair, St. Edward, Plattsmouth, Lewiston and Milford.