The first semester was a busy time for McDowell High and middle school FFA students.
They’ve been practicing with the high school advisor Clark Adams and the middle school advisor Nicole Robinson since early September for land judging. The purpose of the Land Judging Career Development Event is to stimulate interest, encourage proficient development and excellence in land management as taught in agricultural education. Students evaluate soil characteristics, including texture, slope, and drainage, and then classify the land in a capacity class. Recommendations for land treatments are made with consideration given to farm, residential, and urban uses.
The Land Judging Career Development Event was held in Ashe County on Nov. 16. Kylie Biddix, Merideth Carroll, Savannah Ball, and Robbie Whitson participated in the middle school division. The high school division competitors were Mary Jane Burleson, Lily Williams and Jay English.
The students did well with their first competition with Merideth Carroll and Mary Jane Burleson as high scoring individuals on the teams.