UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State soil judging team finished first in the Northeast Regional Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 21-25 near Adamstown, Md.
The annual contest allows students to practice describing and interpreting soils. The top schools from each region then compete in a national competition the following spring. This year, students described soils formed in piedmont and ridge and valley provinces across Maryland.
Seven teams competed. The University of Maryland hosted the event and placed second, and the University of Rhode Island finished third. Also competing were Delaware Valley College, Wilmington College, Richard Stockton College and Ohio State University. A second Penn State team competed but did not place.
The winning team consisted of Nancy Kammerer, a junior agroecology major from Gettysburg; Scott King, a senior nondegree major from Hillsgrove; Rachael Krizmanich, a senior environmental resource management major from Edinboro; Greg Ritson, a junior environmental resource management major from Limerick; and Devon Turner, a junior environmental resource management major from Philipsburg.
Penn State team members who finished in the top 20 among the 46 competing in the contest’s individual component included Kammerer, who finished first; Turner, sixth; Jacob Gogno, a senior environmental resource management major from Pottsville, 10th; Kaitlyn Benson, a junior environmental resource management major from Elizabethtown, 13th; and Krizmanich, 16th.
The team has qualified to go to nationals, which will be hosted in spring 2014 by Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.
Source: Penn State Ag Sciences News.