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May 27, 2018 11:10 AM

South Dakota Student Wins National Land Judging Competition

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP)

A high school student in eastern South Dakota has become a national champion after winning the National Land and Range Judging Contest.

McCook Central High School sophomore Katelyn Winberg was awarded first place in homesite evaluation at the national competition held in Oklahoma City earlier this month. Winberg is a member of FFA, a national group for students interested in agriculture and leadership.

Land judging gives students the opportunity to learn about land productivity and conservation management.

Winberg competed against roughly 900 FFA and 4-H students. She's also a member of 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the U.S.

Winberg says she practiced soil, slopes and textures every day to prepare for the competition.

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