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by Kristy Jacobs, Herald and News 10/18/07
Local students earn places in Southern Oregon, Klamath contests
   The Soils Invitational was held at the Bodnar Ranch in Yonna Valley on Oct. 3.
   All local FFA chapters from the Klamath County School District participated in the competition.
   B ona n za Adva nc ed Ag students placed individually as follows: Eli Worden, f irst, A shlie Peterson, second, Joseph Grohs, third, Michael Hammerich, fourth, Austin Hobbs, sixth, Robert Ha mmer ich, seventh, David Shannahan, eighth Andrew Willard, ninth and Jana Walker, 10th.
   The advanced team came out on top. The Bonanza FFA beginners team f inishes started with Charlie Hammerich first, Edward Kelstup, second, M i ke K oska, third, Kellen Koenig, fourth, Robert Scott. seventh, and Mieke DeJong, eighth.
   Soil judging is a competitive event. It involves texturing the soil, calculating water holding capacity, determining what the most intensive crop is for each site and much more.
   B o n a n z a ’ s F F A advanced and beginners teams dominated competition in this area as well as in district.
   District competition
   Bonanza advanced to School on Oct. 9, where Bonanza’s advanced and beginning teams again brought home the high scores and victory.
   Bonanza’s advanced team ranked first out of nine teams, as well as having all four highestscoring individuals in the contest.
   The advanced team consisted of: Eli Worden, Austin Hobbs, Robert Hammerich and Jana Walker.
   The Bonanza beginners also came in first in their division, with the following high-placing participants: Charlie Hammerich, first, Ed Kelstrup, second, Mike Koska, third and Kellen Koenig in the final high-scoring spot.
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