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Eighteen Agriculture Education students from Tri County High School competed in the October 9th Southeast Area Land Judging Contest.  The competition had thirteen schools participate and was hosted by the Lower Big Blue NRD. Gage and Saline County NRCS helped coordinate the event for 189 students.  The contest site was southeast of Beatrice in Gage County. Students evaluated four sites for soil factors such as depth, texture, slope, erosion and thickness. The students then determined the land capability class and recommended soil treatments.

The Tri County team of Lucas Weise, Kynlee Uher, Hannah Holtmeier and Nicole Vodraska placed second and qualified for the state land judging contest on October 23rd.  This contest will be hosted by the Nemaha NRD. Tri County also finished with the third place team. These members were Alexx Malchow, Logan Larson, Cole Siems and Drew Garrison.  Finishing in 4th place was Gavin Weichel, Brevin Damrow and Nick Loxterkamp. All of these teams earned purple ribbons. Pawnee City won the team championship.

The team of Ella Crawford, Gracin Hahn, Andie Koch and Caden Kapke received a red ribbon for their 11th place finish.  There were 46 teams.

Individually Tri County swept the top three places.  Kynlee Uher was the area champion, Logan Larson claimed runner-up honors and Gavin Weichel finished third.  Other purple ribbon winners were 5th Nick Loxterkamp and 8th Gracin Hahn. Nicole Vodraska claimed 8th place and was the top blue ribbon.  Other blue ribbon winners were Lucas Weise and Alexx Malchow. Earning reds were Caden Kapke and Cole Siems. Bringing home white ribbons were Ella Crawford, Brevin Damrow and Drew Garrison.  Other Tri County judgers were Mya Maxwell, Emerson Schultis, Emily Thavenet and Andie Koch. The top 43% of the students earned ribbons. Advisor Dave Barnard finished third in the Adult Division.