After competing at local and regional Soil Conservation Speech competitions in the last month, Pratt High School sophomore Katie Buhler won the state competition in Wichita on Nov. 25th. Four competitors advanced to the state event.

The deputy secretary of Agriculture was one of the speech contest judges, as well as the curator of the education and farms section of the Sedgwick County Zoo, and the Kansas Agriculture in the Classroom Chairman.

The competition was held at the Airport Doubletree Hotel in Wichita, and Buhler — as the first place winner — gave her speech during the convention's lunch to an audience of about 300 conservation agents/representatives from different counties, state representatives, and the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture.

Buhler won several scholarships at the different levels of competition.