This year, the Northwestern Urban Soil Judging Team worked hard preparing for all the contests. The team consisted of Cody Morrow, Cody Tegtmeier, Michael Nutter, Austen Wood and alternate Beth Kanzeg. Urban soil judging requires contest members to calculate the slope of the soil, determine soil texture and ultimately determine how fit the soil is to build a building on, support a septic tank, implement a road or driveway and support landscaping. Their hard work paid off, earning them 1st place at both the county and district contests. They competed at the state contest Oct. 14 and placed 2nd overall out of 46 teams. For their outstanding performance at state, the team qualified for the national judging contest in Oklahoma City in the spring.