GALLIPOLIS — When the Gallipolis FFA competed in the state soils contest last October, they took second in the state in the urban soils contest with the team consisting of Jordan Johnson, Josh Davis, Kaci Davis and Abigail Wood.
Johnson was also the ninth individual in the state in this career development event. With the team placing this high in the state, they qualified for the national soils contest. The team traveled May 2-6 to Texas and Oklahoma.
During their travels, the took time to visit the JFK Memorial, Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Waggoner Ranch, which is the largest ranch under one fence consisting of 525,000 acres. The team also toured other livestock and agriculture facilities such as the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Oklahoma City Stockyard, which is the largest stockyard in the United States.
The contest side of trip consisted of the team practicing in soil pits to prepare the team for the contest later in the week, and then competing against other qualifying teams from across the nation. The week rounded off in an awards banquet where the team was recognized for their efforts.
Agriculture education is offered at Gallia Academy high and middle schools through Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVSD. Jerrod Ferguson and Katherine Terrell are the Gallipolis FFA advisors.