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Students Win Soil-Judging Competition

Nov 05, 2008

Students from Delaware Valley College won the Northeast Regional Soil Judging Contest held in late October.

Eleven teams from seven institutions competed at the NE Regional Soil Judging Contest hosted by Delaware Valley College from October 22 - 25, 2008. The Delaware Valley College team 1 placed first, followed by the University of Rhode Island team 1 (second), University of Maryland (third), Wilmington College of Ohio team 1 (fourth), University of Maine (fifth), University of Rhode Island team 2 (sixth), Ohio State University (seventh), Wilmington College of Ohio team 2 (eighth), University of Rhode Island team 3 (ninth), Delaware Valley College team 2 (tenth) and Penn State University (eleventh).

The Delaware Valley College team 1 placed all four team members in the top ten as individuals. The individual competition was won by Dan Fenstermacher of Delaware Valley College, followed by Mike Marsicano of Delaware Valley College. Two other Delaware Valley College students placing in the top 10 were Lindsay Shrik (fifth) and Brett Treichler (seventh). The first-place finishing DelVal students who competed were: seniors Lindsay Shirk of Clear Spring, MD, majoring in agronomy and environmental science with a specialization in environmental science and Daniel Fenstermacher of Grove City, PA, a biology major; and freshmen Michael Marsicano of Wapwallopen, PA, also majoring in agronomy and environmental science with a specialization in environmental science and senior Brett Treichler of Kutztown, PA, majoring in agronomy and environmental science with a specialization in crop management.

The Group Judging portion of the contest was won by Ohio State University followed by Delaware Valley College team 1 and Wilmington College of Ohio team 1. Penn State University placed seventh in the group judging.

The top three teams consisting of Delaware Valley College team 1, University of Rhode Island team 1 and University of Maryland have qualified for the National Soil Judging Contest to be hosted by Missouri State University from March 29 - April 3, 2009 in Springfield, MO.

The NE Regional Soil Judging Contest takes place annually in the Fall. The contest rotates between the competing institutions from Maryland north to Maine and west to Ohio. In the past, the following institutions have competed: University of Maryland, Penn State University, Delaware Valley College, Cornell University, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, Ohio State University and Wilmington College of Ohio. The contest tests the students' knowledge of description, classification and interpretation of soils at the host school area. It is an excellent educational opportunity for the students to learn about different soils in a field-trip format.