TTU Sophomore David Hargis Wins National Soil Judging Contest

David Hargis of Cookeville, a sophomore agronomy major at Tennessee Technological University, recently earned the title of national champion after placing first at the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held at the University of Idaho.

Hargis, son of Judy and John Hargis of Cookeville, competed against 84 individuals and scored a total of 1023 points -- 22 points higher than the second place finisher. Only 23 points separated the second through fifth place finishers.

A 1997 Cookeville High School graduate, Hargis is an avid outdoorsman and participated in FFA land judging at Cookeville High School. He continues to volunteer his time to the Overton County Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Hargis advanced to the national contest when the Tennessee Tech soil judging team, coached by TTU associate professor of agriculture Reed Cripps, placed second at the Southeast regional contest. The TTU team, the only non land grant university participating, finished 10th out of 21 teams.

Tennessee Tech will host next year's Southeast regional contest; the national contest will be held at the University of Rhode Island.