Soil Judging Team places 2nd in regional event

Posted: November 2, 2010

Penn State's student soil judging team finished second overall in the Northeast Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held in late October at Penn State.
The soil judging team practices for competitions

The soil judging team practices for competitions

The team has qualified to compete in the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest to be held in Bend, Ore., in April 2011.


Actually, Penn State had two five-person teams competing in the regional event. Team A, which earned second overall, finished third in team/group judging, and Team B finished first in team/group judging and placed fifth overall.


Austin Young finished second individually, followed by Liz Dannerth, who was eighth. Stephen Rhodes finished 14th, and Katy Clark was 15th.


Other students competing were Kyle Medash, Matt Zanella, Benjamin Bullock, Damien Loeper, Kristen McPherson and John Driscoll. The students all came out of the Soils 100 class (taught by Patrick Drohan), which will be called Soils 403 next fall.


Steve Dadio of Perkasie, an alumnus who earned his master's degree in Soil Science in 1998 from the Crop and Soil Sciences Department coached the teams during the three-day event. For more information about the team’s history, photos from past events, and alumni, see the Penn State Soil Judging site online.