ECC Ag Science Club Attends PAS Conference
Friday / February 16, 2018
Members of Ellsworth Community College’s Agricultural Science Club attended the 2018 Postsecondary Ag Students conference in Marshalltown. “PAS is one of the ten career and technical student organizations that has been approved by the U. S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education,” said Kevin Butt, professor at ECC. “We are affiliated with the National Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization and live out the motto “Uniting Education and Industry in Agriculture.”
“This year’s theme of ‘Your Next Step in Agriculture’ holds true for most of our students who qualified to compete at the National PAS conference held next month in Louisville, KY.,” Butt said.
State awards were garnered as follows:
In team events:
- Team 1 – Tylia Kaisand, Blake Ohm, Derrick Lenz, Lauren Dirksen, Morgan Strief – 15th Place.
- Team 2 – Thomas Newhall, Ashley Nemechek, Hannah Lee, Alisha Storm, Taylor Olson – 11th Place
- Beef – Morgan Strief, Tylia Kaisand, Lauren Dirksen – 9th Place
- Swine – Ashley Nemechek, Alisha Storm, Nelson Findling – 1st Place (Advances to National PAS)
- Ashley Nemechek – 1st Place individual
- Alisha Storm – 2nd Place individual
- Nelson Findling – 3rd Place individual
In the individual events, ECC students placed as follows:
Agriculture Sales: Tylia Kaisand, 2nd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Animal Health / Vet Tech: Lauren Dirksen, 8th Place
Career Planning Ag Management & Marketing: Trevor Bundt, 3rd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Career Planning Ag Education: Nelson Findling, 3rd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Career Planning Ag Processing & Biotechnology: Taylor Olson, 1st Place (Advances to National PAS)
Career Planning Non-Ruminant Animal Systems: Alisha Storm, 2nd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Career Planning Power, Structural, and Technical Systems: Morgan Strief, 2nd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Employment Interview Ag Equipment Service: Derrick Lenz, 5th Place
Precision Ag Specialist: Blake Ohm, 1st Place (Advances to National PAS)
Precision Ag Specialist: Kellan Coppinger, 2nd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Speakers in Ag: (prepared) Ashley Nemechek, 1st Place (Advances to National PAS)
Speakers in Ag: (prepared) Hannah Lee, 3rd Place (Alternate to National PAS)
Several former ECC students participated through the Iowa State University chapter and also fared well at conference:
Career Planning Ag Education: Heather Schnitker, 2nd Place (Advances to National PAS)
Overall – Heather Schnitker, 3rd Place team (Advances to National PAS)
Beef – Sydney See, 3rd Place team (Advances to National PAS)
Dillin Hoffmeister, 2nd Place team (Advances to National PAS) and Dillin Hoffmeister, 1st Place individual.
ECC also had two current students elected to serve on the state officer team. Taylor Olson was elected as State Secretary and Morgan Strief was elected as State-Vice President for the 2018-19 term. Former ECC students, Thomas Newhall and Victoria Butt completed their term as State Vice President and President.