Nineteen local youths have proven themselves experts at land judging, as the Liberty County 4-H club cleared the brackets at the State 4-H Land Judging Contest on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the J. Campbell Research and Education Center in Watkinsville.
Because Liberty County’s club has so many junior-level members — kids in grades four through eight — three separate junior teams entered the contest. Those three teams took first-, second- and third-place honors.
Liberty County’s senior team, comprised of high-schoolers in grades nine through 12, placed second in their division.
Competitors traveled to four different stations to evaluate soil types — two representing north-Georgia soils and two representing south-Georgia soils. At each station, participants determined the soil’s texture, topsoil thickness, effective depth, erosion, permeability, drainage and slope of the land. The kids then made vegetative, mechanical and fertilizer recommendations based on their findings.
First-place team members were: Grayson Carter (Midway Middle), Jonathan Adams (Lewis Frasier Middle), Emma Davis (First Presbyterian Christian Academy) and Natisha Love (Midway Middle).
Second-place team members were: Maximillian Morrison (homeschool), Hunter Ray (Lewis Frasier Middle), Molly Morrison (homeschool) and Gwendolyn Bugg (Snelson-Golden Middle).
Third-place team members were: Seraphina Morrison (homeschool), Nadia Crowley (Lewis Frasier Middle), Alaila Nichols (Lewis Frasier Middle) and Kahlea Sapp-Brown (Lewis Frasier Middle).
Carter was the highest junior scorer in the competition, while Adams was the third-highest junior scorer.
Senior team members were: Janell Bacon (Bradwell Institute), Roman Buentipo (Bradwell Institute), Ciara Goodmanson (Liberty County High), Jordyn James (Bradwell Institute), Destiny LeCounte (Liberty County High), Sophia Rodriguez (Bradwell Institute) and Nicholas Scott (Liberty County High).
Bacon was the second-highest senior scorer and James was the third-highest scorer in the senior competition.
“4-H is all about educational, hands-on activities,” County 4-H Agent and team coach Kasey Bozeman said. “We get dirty, have fun and learn how important the land and soil is to our existence.”
The contest was sponsored by University of Georgia Soil Science Specialist Dr. Glen Harris and Mary H. Kiley of the Farm Credit Association of Georgia.
To learn more about the 4-H programming in Liberty County, call Bozeman at 876-2133 or email email@example.com.