The Gallipolis FFA- Gallia Academy High School- participated in the State Soils Career Development Event, placing 1st in the Urban use event.
The Urban contest, which consists of 4 pits and 2 written tests, tests the ability of the student to determine the management practices to be used in a construction setting. For each pit, the student must determine the slope, the type of land form, if the site is subject to flooding or to slippage, the texture of the surface, subsoil, and substratum, the subsoil structure, the seasonal high water table, the depth of bedrock and if there is a hard dense soil layer. The best management practices determine the suitability of a soil to build a building with basement, type of septic system needed, roads and driveway construction, and lawn and/or garden and landscaping establishment.
To qualify for the state, teams must place in the top 5 at the district level. There are 10 FFA districts in Ohio which translates to the top 50 teams competing at the state. At the district level, the Gallia Academy soil judgers placed 1st.
The Urban Use team included Kyle Greenlee, Caleb Greenlee, Cody Brumfield, and Clay Montgomery. Kyle was the team high individual placing 1st overall in the state. In addition, Clay placed 4th overall in the state. There were a total of 165 students that competed in the Urban Use contest.
The state contest was held in London, Ohio on the grounds of the Farm Science Review. Historically speaking, this was the highest our school has ever finished in the Urban Soils Division which qualifies the team for the National Soils Event held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma during the first week of May. To qualify for the national level teams must finish in the top 5 at the state level.
Agricultural Education is offered at Gallia Academy High School through the Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVSD. Jerrod Ferguson and Katherine Terrell are the Gallipolis FFA advisors.
Pictured left to right: Caleb Greenlee, Kyle Greenlee, Clay Montgomery, and Cody Brumfield