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Source: Mickey Ransom, 785-532-7214,
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News release prepared by: Steve Watson, 785-532-7105,

Friday, April 30, 2010


MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University Soil Judging Team is the third-place winner in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture national soil judging contest.

The competition was April 15-17 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. A total of 22 teams -- including two teams from K-State -- and 93 individuals competed in the event.

Students, all majoring in agronomy, competing on the K-State teams and their top individual placings include:

Kim Kerschen, junior, Garden Plain, sixth place; Ethan Noll, senior, Hiawatha, 31st place; Stuart Watts, junior, Manhattan, 47th place; Natalie Humerickhouse, senior, Ottawa, 57th place; and Andrew McGowan, senior, 10th place, and Angela Tran, senior, 37th place, both from Prairie Village.

From out of state: Kerri Neugebauer, senior, Grandview, Mo., 12th place; and Tim Foster, sophomore, Middlebury, Vt., 15th place.

Paul Hartley, graduate student in agronomy, Strong City, and Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy, served as coaches for the team. Kelsey McGie, senior in milling science and management, Iola, served as assistant coach.