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Monticello FFA to go to national soils contest next May
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MONTICELLO - After competing in the Wisconsin State FFA Soils Judging Contest in Stevens Point on Aug. 12, Monticello FFA will return to Oklahoma for the National Soils Judging Contest next May for the second straight year.

The Senior Team, consisting of Paige Dilley, Ryan Smith, Emilie Gietzel and Megan Lehr, earned second place with a combined team score of 891. The event, held at the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, offers the top five teams the chance to compete in Oklahoma City at the national level. Dilley, the team's highest scorer, also made her way to the top as an individual with a score of 321 and placed second overall.

Monticello's Junior Team of Brittany Disch, Madalyn Holtz and Marissa Peterson also earned fourth place honors with Peterson serving as the team's high individual with a score of 297.

Soils judging evaluates a student's ability to analyze a soil's structure, texture, slope, erosion capabilities, fertilizer requirements and necessary conservation practices.