Clermont Middle wins 1st place in FFA County Land Evaluation Contest
7th grade student Ella Jackson earns highest individual score in the county
Clermont Middle School’s FFA students recently won first place in the FFA County Land Evaluation Contest, qualifying them to compete for the state finals in March.
“This is a contest that brings math and science skills to life,” said Agriscience Instructor Michael Garner, who serves as the FFA Advisor at Clermont Middle. “This contest involves many higher order thinking skills as the student has to evaluate properly and then make connections to the appropriate conservation recommendations.”
As part of the contest, team members were required to evaluate soil factors for its suitability for agricultural use. The factors include soil texture, permeability, slope, drainage, erosion, depth of rooting and organic matter content. Students also identified the soil order and made recommendations for conservation practices. In addition they had to evaluate a land site for suitability for home construction.
The South Lake team had the highest combined score, which also earned them recognition by the Lake Soil and Water Conservation department.
Not only did the team earn top scores, but seventh-grader Ella Jackson had the highest individual score in the county! She has already earned a state title this year in Citrus Evaluation. “She is a model student who understands what it means to be prepared,’’ Mr. Garner said.
The state finals will be held in Hillsborough County on March 23. Clermont Middle will compete against other county winners from all over Florida.