Strong team effort propels Galva foresters to 2nd

Doug Boock

Galva High School had five of the top 10 individual scorers as it claimed second place in an FFA Section III Forestry CDE contest held in Galva’s Wiley Park on Sept. 24.

Orion, with 882 points, captured the team championship. The team title was decided by calculating the top three individuals’ scores for each respective school.

Galva came in second with 829 points, followed in order by AlWood, 730; Kewanee, 617, and Bureau Valley, 590. Ninety-six students participated.

Anthony Killion of Orion led all individual scorers, collecting 335 points. His teammate, Laura DeBaillie, was second, with 280 points.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Seth Strom, Galva, 278; Dana DeSutter, AlWood, 278; Gavin Raley, Galva, 276; Matt Johnson, Galva, 276; Tauge Rux, Galva, 268; Dustin Jacobson, Galva, 262; Mike Crayne, Orion, 259; Harry Hergert, Galva, 258.

The contest included five stations, and students took a written test, identified 15 types of trees and 20 pieces of forestry equipment, determined directional degrees, and stepped off paces between trees.

A team acitivity – timber improvement – was also held, with students deciding if trees should be deadened, harvested or left as crop trees.

Serving as judges were Shane Kasier, Galva tree professional, and Steve Felt, District 1 Forester for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Lunch was served in the park.