A team of students from Seabury Hall, the 4-H Dirt Devils, won top honors at the annual Conservation Awareness Program, Soil and Land Judging Contest held at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.'s Keahua fields on Oct. 23. Winning team members, which included Harrison Wright, Cameron Hanisch, Robert Prouty and Faith Berry, will represent Maui in the state contest to be hosted by Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts on Nov. 16.
More than 60 students from six high schools throughout Maui participated in the program. A team from Kamehameha Maui earned second place, while a team from St. Anthony placed third.
The contest is made possible through a partnership between the Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts, USDA-National Resources Conservation Service and the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service.
Maui High School’s Jaywill Taroma measures soil depth to determine the volume of soil and existing topsoil to calculate erosion during the annual Conservation Awareness Program, Soil and Land Judging Contest held at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.’s Keahua fields on Oct. 23.
Students were tested on three sites (two agricultural sites and one home site) by determining the soil's features, factors that may affect the land use and recommended conservation practices to address resource concerns.