MANATEE -- Southeast High School students were recognized recently at the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District's 53rd Annual Land Judging Competition at Ed Chance-Gilley Creek Tract, a Southwest Florida Water Management District property.
Students answered soil property questions in categories such as slope, depth, texture, permeability, erosion and nutrients.
Southeast student Hunter Horne posted the highest individual overall score to win the I.H. Stewart Award.
The Southeast High team of Brie-Ann Jaworowski, Horne, Zach Butler and Kaylee Betts won the Callon Keen Sr. Award for high score. The team, advised by Mike Buckley, also won the FFA High School Division.
Southeast students Jaimie Davis, Luis Solorzano, Ashley Hartzell and Jasmine Villegas placed second in team.
The FFA high school team from Braden River High School, advised by Deb Barry, placed third, with students Savannah Dunsmore, Meagan Gigliotti, Christine King and Emily Courson.
Buffalo Creek Middle School, advised by Steve Harber, won the middle school level for FFA. Members: Connor Walsch, Caitlyn Calarco, Camrie Henderson and Caleb Green.
The intermediate 4-H team of Jo Hoffner, Westin Maye, Jesse West and Jay West won the 4-H intermediate division.
The senior 4-H team of Claire Strickland, Ben Hoffner, Sam West and Josh Groover won the 4-H senior division.
Medals were given to the high-scoring individual in each of four fields.
Butler scored highest in three of four senior divisions. Horne scored highest in the fourth field in the senior division.
Junior division winners were Caitlyn Calarco of Buffalo Creek Middle School (Fields 2, 3 and 4) and Jesse West/intermediate 4-H (Field 1).
Southeast High, Buffalo Creek Middle and the intermediate and senior 4-H teams are eligible to compete in the state land judging competition in late March in Highlands County.