Southwest FFA places 7th in nation in soils

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
From left: Travis Sickles, Laney Moore, Allison Corwin and Leland Colf participated in the soils team that took seventh in the nation for Southwest. Contributed photo

The Southwest FFA Soils Team has placed seventh in the nation.

Soils is a Career Development Event in FFA. During competing, students are taken to soil pits and must judge the properties, characteristics, and management of whichever soil they are given. Students answers are then graded and compared with other competitors.

This year, the Southwest High School FFA chose Leland Colf, Laney Moore, Allison Corwin, and Travis Sickles for the soils team. These students worked throughout the year, coming in every morning to practice with their advisor, Bill Caldwell. The team competed at Southwest district competition on April 8th at Missouri State University. They took first place as a team, Laney Moore receiving 1st individually, Allison Corwin only 3 points below her, in 2nd place. After this accomplishment, the team knew they were competing at state.

They competed in Columbia, on April 25 and qualified for nationals. Travis Sickles obtained ninth place and a Group 1 rating, joining him in Group 1 was also Laney Moore and Allison Corwin. They competed at Oklahoma City on May 2, where they placed seventh.