Soil judging team wins fifth championship

Virginia Tech’s national championship team (from left): Coach John Galbraith, Brian Nester, Nick Hebel, Emily Salkind, Stephanie O’Neil, Natasha Nahas, Julia Gillespie, Miranda Livas, Emily Baer, and Ruth Anderson.

Virginia Tech’s national championship team (from left): Coach John Galbraith, Brian Nester, Nick Hebel, Emily Salkind, Stephanie O’Neil, Natasha Nahas, Julia Gillespie, Miranda Livas, Emily Baer, and Ruth Anderson.

The 2014 Virginia Tech Soil Judging Team took first place overall at the Soil Science Society of America National Intercollegiate Soil Judging Contest on April 4. This is the fifth national championship for the Virginia Tech team and the third win in the past five years.

Julia Gillespie, of Ashburn, Virginia, a senior majoring in environmental science, and Emily Salkind, of Springfield, Virginia, also a senior majoring in environmental science, earned spots on the teams representing the U.S. at the International Union of Soil Sciences 20th World Congress of Soil Science’s First International Soil Judging Contest, to be held in South Korea in June. Virginia Tech is the only school that has more than one student qualified to represent our country.

John Galbraith, associate professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, was selected as the winning coach at the competition, an honor that granted him the opportunity to coach the first-tier team in Korea.

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