Ag students win big in national competition

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Knowledge Quiz Bowl winners, first place. (L-R) Kenni Woerner, instructor; Caleb Busenitz, Ashland; John Thompson, Omaha; Ben Hoops, Byron; Levi Dale, Ashton. Not pictured: Lane Baxter, Eustis.
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Ag Business Team winners, 1st place. (L-R) Kenni Woerner, Caleb Busenitz, Ashland; John Thompson, Omaha; Ben Hoops, Byron. Not pictured: Lane Baxter, Eustis.
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Horticulture Contest winners, 1st place. (L-R) Evan Alderman, instructor; Hannah Schroeter, Humphrey; Brittaney Timoney, Ulysses; Reese Lierz, Sabetha, KS; Sadie Meyer, Powhattan, KS; Kevin Christiansen, instructor.
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Dairy Judging winners, 3rd place. (L-R) Brooke Lotter, Falls City; Maddie Lance, Skidmore, MO; Levi Dale, Ashton; Brett Hull, Nickerson. Not pictured: Travis Pralle, instructor

Ag students from Southeast Community College took home three first-place awards in a recent national competition. A celebratory pep rally was at the Beatrice Campus on Wednesday, May 2.

The Agriculture Business & Management Technology students competed in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference in Norfolk April 18-21. Students placed first in Knowledge Quiz Bowl, Ag Business Team and Horticulture Contest, as well as third place in Dairy Judging.

“This is a major accomplishment for the SCC Ag program and the first time in the history of SCC Ag for a first-place finish in the Knowledge Quiz Bowl,” said Kenni Woerner, Ag Instructor.  

Thirty-nine colleges competed in six required areas: soils, crops, general livestock, dairy cattle, Ag business, and knowledge bowl.

“It helps prepare our students for their future jobs as they are utilizing skills they have acquired while at SCC,” said Annie Erichsen, Ag Instructor. “NACTA is a national organization that allows students to compete and interact with others from across the country. They meet students from many different colleges and agriculture backgrounds. It also gives them an opportunity to test their knowledge skills against others.”

The winners received their awards during the pep rally, and took part in a quiz bowl activity involving students and instructors.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu