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Students shine in ag competitions

posted Nov 25, 2013, 1:23 PM by webmaster dhs   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 1:23 PM ]
from the Star--Waterloo
     Students from DeKalb High School won an area crop science contest hosted by Purdue University on Nov. 11.
     The winning team of Shelby Tucker, Lake Evans, Hunter Fisher and Rachel Haynes had to identify more than 70 different types of plants and diseases.  They also answered questions on various agronomic situations.
     The team will compete for the state title Dec. 14.
     Individually, Tucker won the contest and Haynes finished third, with Fisher fifth and Evans sixth overall.  Also advancing to the state finals is a crop science team of Chase Taylor, Landon LaRowe and Allie Gaff.
     A DeKalb entomology team of Ellen Shearer, LeAnna Shearer and Kylee Stout also advanced to the state entomology contest.  LeAnna Shearer placed third overall an individual, and Ellen Shearer placed fifth.  Competing, but not advancing to state, were Brooke Snyder, Logan Worman, Tyler Foster, Hannah Lewis, Natasha DePew, Tucker Heffley and Lucas Pomeroy.
     DeKalb FFA went to Lousiville, KY., Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 for the national FFA convention.  DeKalb member Leah Hefty placed seventh in the nation with her agri-science project, which qualified her for a gold placing.
     The agri-science competition is similar to a science fair, said Matthew T. Dice, DeKalb's agriculture science and business instructor.  Students can use the same project in both areas.  The agri-science research must be agriculture-related and requires a very intensive supportive notebook.  
     Hefty's project involved using local pond algae to produce algae oil and livestock feed.  She was coached by Dice and Susan Zuber, biology instructor at DeKalb High School.