The K-State Soil Judging Team took home top honors at the 2008 National Soil Judging Contest. This marks the first time the K-State Soil Judging Team has taken first place overall in the national contest. The contest was hosted by the University of Rhode Island, and 21 teams competed.
Individual team members also succeeded in the competition. Leah Ferdinand, senior in agronomy from Reading, Kan., won second place; Paul Hartley, senior in agronomy from Emporia, Kan. won sixth place; Ryan Cyr, senior in agronomy from Miltonvale, Kan., received 14th place; and Adam Heitman, senior in agronomy from Webber, Kan., received 20th.
Other competing team members include Kelsey McGie, sophomore in milling science and management from Iola, Kan.; Andrew McGowan, junior in agronomy from Prairie Village, Kan.; Andrew Newkirk, freshman in agronomy from Manhattan, Kan.; and Angela Tran, junior in agronomy from Prairie Village, Kan.
Mickey Ransom is the team coach, assisted by Scott Dooley, senior in agronomy from Jewell.
The Soil Judging Team won second place overall last year and has qualified for the national competition 13 out of the last 14 years. They have also won the regional contest three out of the last five years.