South Dakota 4-H and FFA teams take part in 2010 Rangeland Days competition |

South Dakota 4-H and FFA teams take part in 2010 Rangeland Days competition

BROOKINGS, SD – Blayne Martinez of Ethan, Ben Stiegelmeier of Selby, Gina Elmore of Hot Springs, and Tyler Swan of Newell each took first place in the “Top Hand” competition during the 2010 Rangeland Days event held in Lemmon on June 22-23.

Rangeland Days is an annual event where participants learn about South Dakota’s rangeland resources. Participants judge rangeland and take part in other educational events over the two-day event. Teams from both 4-H and FFA take part in the events.

The Rangeland Days “Top Hand” competition scores were based on the combined scores from range judging, educational display and an informative talk. Martinez was the New Rangers winner, Stiegelmeier was first in the Wranglers division, Elmore was first in the Scout division and Swan was first in the Go-Getters division.

Jemima Sletten was first in the New Rangers individual range-judging competition. Other top-five finishers in that category included Aubrey Weishaar of Lemmon, second; Ezra Wiechmann of Shadehill, third; Jordan Maier of Morristown, fourth; and Miles Weichmann of Shadehill, fifth.

In the Wrangler individual judging competition, Emily Knutson of Kadoka was second, Nicole Sommer of Parkston placed third, Tye Kost of Parkston took fourth and Alexis VanderWilt of Mitchell was fifth.

In the Scout individual range judging, Adam Sletten finished second, Hope Anderson of Shadehill finished third, Cody Harris of Wall finished fourth and Bailey Willman of Wessington Springs finished fifth.

The top finishers in the Go-Getter individual competition were all from Newell, and included Brodie Shaykett in second place, Jonathan Champion in third, Jordan Brunner in fourth and Cady Olson in fifth.

In the Go-Getter team competition, Butte County 4-H took first, while Potter County was second. In the FFA team competition, Newell finished in first, and the Webster FFA team was second.

Judges also presented awards for display presentations, team judging, range plant mounts and range talks.

The Wessington Springs 4-H team took first place in soils judging at the 2010 South Dakota Soils Days that was held in conjunction with Rangeland Days. Other soils judging teams who competed included Potter County 4-H, who finished second and Lemmon FFA, who finished third.

Individual soil judges included Chelsey Schroeder of Wessington Springs in first place; Adda Cronin of Gettysburg, second; Blake William of Wessington Springs in third; Alexis Shoup of Gettysburg, fourth; and Dan Jackson of Wessington Springs in fifth.

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