LTC students receive awards at national conference

April 23, 2013

From “LTC students receive awards at national conference” — Seven Lakeshore Technical College students qualified to participate in the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student Conference in Louisville, Ky., and two other LTC students attended. More than 700 students from agriculture colleges and universities from 16 states were in attendance. Participants from LTC placed at both the national and state levels, according to a news release from the college.

In the national team competitions, LTC placed fourth out of 21 teams in Dairy Specialist and was the highest-placing school with a one-year program. The Dairy Specialist team included Sam Nigon, Nick Miles and Jenny Nash. Nash placed ninth overall, Miles placed 12th, and Nigon placed 15th out of 64 competing individuals.

In national individual employment interview competitions, Kyle Holtz took second place in Forestry and Natural Resources, Nigon placed fourth in Dairy Production, and Dianne Philipsen took fourth in Agriculture Education.

At the state level, LTC had two teams in the Dairy Specialist category with one team taking first place and the other taking third place. In the state individual employment interview competitions, five students placed highly in their respective categories: Philipsen was first in Agriculture Education, Nigon was first in Dairy Production, Holtz was first in Forestry and Natural resources, Wouter Star was second in Dairy Production and Calvin Abts was third in Dairy Production.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments these students attained at the conference,” said Sheryl Nehls, LTC Dairy Herd Management instructor. “LTC is one of very few one-year programs at nationals, and we always competed well with the two-year schools.”

PAS is one of 10 career and technical student organizations approved by the United States Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education. Its motto is “uniting education and industry in agriculture.”


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