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Ag students earn Iowa PAS honors

Many students represented Ellsworth Community College proudly last week at the 2015 Iowa Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Spring Leadership Conference held at Honey Creek Lodge by Lake Rathbun. Several ECC students not only earned places at the top of competition, but also earned the privilege to attend the National PAS Conference in Boise, ID, in March.

Hundreds of students, advisors, judges, sponsors and guests participated in agricultural competitions, seminars, leadership development activities, and an awards banquet. Awards were garnered by ECC students as follows:

In the Agricultural Sales competition, Katie Rinkert of Prole took a decisive 1st place win with 474 points out of a possible 500; the second place winner was 50 points behind Rinkert, who will advance to national competition.

In the Career Planning competitions, Thomas Newhall of Dumont earned 1st place in Agricultural Processing & Biotechnology and Landon Brown of New Providence and Simon Knutson of Hubbard earned 2nd and 3rd place respectively in Power, Structural & Technical Systems; all three will advanced to the national competition.

In the Career Progress competition, Garrett Worthington of Newton; Garrett McNeely of Jameson, MO; and Brett Stalzer of Marshalltown earned 3rd, 4th and 5th place, respectively, in Power, Structural & Technical Systems. Worthington and McNeely will advance to the national competition.

In the Employment Interview category, John Eiklenborg of Dike earned 4th place in Agriculture Equipment Service.

In the Equine Specialist competition, Jane Hoffman of Denison earned 2nd place; Halle Wild of Greenfield, WI, earned 3rd place, and Victoria Rohwer of Anchorage, AK, earned 6th place … all three will advance to national competition. Other ECC participants were Riley Hahn of Loomis, NE, (10th place) and Hannah Nelson of Plymouth, MN (12th place).

Four ECC students placed in the Precision Ag Specialist competition: Landon Brown placed 1st, Garrett McNeely placed 3rd, Brett Stalzer placed 4th and Garrett Worthington placed 11th; Brown, McNeely and Stalzer will advance to national competition.

In the team events, ECC’s Riley Hahn, Cory Kruse of Algona and Brett Stalzer took 12th place honors in the Livestock Specialists (Beef) competition. The team of Landon Brown, Simon Knutson and Garrett McNeely took 2nd place honors in Soil Specialist competition and will advance to nationals.

On top of all that, ECC sophomore Stephen Chamness of Blairsburg was honored for serving the past year as State Vice President for the organization.

“Our students did an awesome job and I’m proud of all their accomplishments!” exclaimed ECC Professor Kevin Butt.

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