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Soil & Land Evaluation Team Earns Accolades at State Finals
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Monday, May 07, 2018

Pioneer Valley FFA's Soil and Land Evaluation Team competed in the State Judging Finals at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on Saturday, May 5th.

Eldaine Estacio was awarded first high individual, and Sebastian Pinon was awarded fourth high individual. Overall, the team earned a second place ribbon for the Cal Poly contest, and fifth high team overall with combined scores from Fresno State.

"From knowing nothing about soils at the beginning of the year to being awarded a state champion plaque gives me a sense of accomplishment,’’ said Estacio, who is a sophomore.

The contest requires students to record observations of the soil, calculate various physical and chemical properties of soil, and interpret and evaluate parcels of land for various uses and management practices. When students become proficient in land judging, they gain an appreciation for the proper care and management of one of our most basic resources: the soil.

The Soil and Land Evaluation Team is comprised of: Estacio, Pinon, Luke Zaragoza, and Hannah Limon. The team competed with highly competitive chapters from across the state of California.

Pioneer Valley FFA is eager and determined to continue learning about soils and hopes to achieve more honors next year, according to Panther Agriculture Teacher Tyler A. Dickinson.

SMJUHSD Media Contact: Public Information Officer Kenny Klein




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