The Nemaha Natural Resources District reports that six Palmyra High School students finished with top purples at a recent land judging contest to earn a spot in the State Land Judging Contest scheduled Oct. 31 at Beatrice.

Palmyra students ranked with top purples among the 128 students competing Oct. 2 at the Southeast Area Land Judging Contest near Table Rock.

Students answered questions about physical features of soil.

Kourtney Kempkes, Elizabeth Robinett, Brandon Brown, James Bremer, Zach Roath and Victoria Talcott earned purple ribbons.

Elizabeth Eickhoff of Falls City was the top individual with a score of 335 out of a possible 400 points.

In team competition, first place went to the Pawnee City team of Hayden Meyer, Collin Moser, Blake Kalin and Clayton Branek with their total combined score of 911.

Close behind with 907 points was Palmyra's team of Michael Roath, Brandon Brown, Victoria Talcott and Hannah Lionberger.

Also competing were Falls City and Tri County.

The top three teams also earned berths to the State Land Judging Contest which is scheduled October 31 at Beatrice.

The Southeast Area Land Judging Contest was sponsored by the Nemaha Natural Resources District in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.