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Student Spotlight

April 10, 2013

Northwest students place high at national agriculture contest

The Department of Agricultural Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University competed April 3-5 in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference and Contest, where they placed among the top four teams in the nation in eight contest categories, and six Northwest students placed among the top 10 individuals overall in their contests. 

Northwest sent 26 agriculture undergraduate students to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, for the annual contest. They competed with more than 500 ag students from more than 40 two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the country.

The NACTA contest is held each spring at a designated host institution in the United States.  The contest provides the opportunity for Northwest undergraduate students to compete in various skill and knowledge-based events. This year’s contests included a knowledge bowl, agricultural business management, horse judging, livestock judging, agricultural computers, crops judging, soil judging, dairy judging, livestock management, agricultural communications and meat judging.

The Northwest agriculture team’s success at the NACTA contest this year is a follow-up to the team’s first-place overall finish at last year’s contest. Northwest will host the NACTA conference and contest April 10-12, 2014. 

A list of Northwest’s 2013 NACTA teams and individual participants, with their hometowns in parentheses, appear below.

Agricultural business management

  • Team members:  Rebecca Mallett (Baring, Mo.), Bryce Sieren (Keota, Iowa), Hannah Hegeman (Cosby, Mo.), Audrey Silvey (Union Star, Mo.)

Agriculture communications, fourth place

  • Team members:  Diana Bruch (Audubon, Iowa), Amy Wimer (Mead, Neb.), Trevor Wagy (Bosworth, Mo.), Lucas Stevens (Shelbyville, Mo.)

Agriculture computers, second place

  • Team members: Rebecca Mallett (Baring, Mo.), Audrey Silvey (Union Star, Mo.), Bryce Sieren (Keota, Iowa), Hannah Hegeman (Cosby, Mo.)
  • Individual placing: Rebecca Mallett, third place

Crops judging, seventh place

  • Team members:  Clayton Allen (Chillicothe, Mo.), Nathaniel Drewitz (Brunswick, Mo.), Anna Jordening (Omaha, Neb.), Zach Tolson (Meadville, Mo.)

Dairy judging, fourth place

  • Team members: Kim Huwaldt (Osmond, Neb.), Bailey Marriott (Stover, Mo.), Bailie Walters (Villisca, Iowa), Caraline Harrelson (Clinton, Mo.)
  • Individual placing: Caraline Harrelson, ninth place

Horse judging, fourth place

  • Team members: Dan Smith (Gibbs, Mo.), Bailie Walters (Villisca, Iowa), Emma Sunderman (Clarinda, Iowa), Casey Zangaro (Fairview, Kan.)

Knowledge bowl, fifth place

  • Team members:  Bailey Marriot (Stover, Mo.), Bryce Sieren (Keota, Iowa), Michael Brown (Skidmore, Mo.) Caraline Harrelson (Clinton, Mo.), Kevin Runde (Parnell, Mo.)

Livestock judging, second place

  • Team members: Kim Huwaldt (Osmond, Neb.), Bailey Marriott (Stover, Mo.), Jessica Lutz (Powersville, Mo.), Caraline Harrelson (Clinton, Mo.), Casey Zangaro (Fairview, Kan.)

Livestock management, first place

  • Team members: Kim Huwaldt (Osmond, Neb.), Bailey Marriott (Stover, Mo.), Jessica Lutz (Powersville, Mo.), Caraline Harrelson (Clinton, Mo.
  • Individual placing: Bailey Marriott, second place; Kim Huwaldt third place

Meat judging, second place

  • Team members: Hannah Hegeman (Cosby, Mo.), Courtney Apperson (Northboro, Iowa), Heidi Stahlman (Union, Mo.), Alyssa Bugbee (Bethany, Mo.)
  • Individual placing: Alyssa Bugbee, third place

Soil judging, second place

  • Team members: Michael Brown (Maryville, Mo.), Kevin Runde (Parnell, Mo.), Dan Smith (Gibbs, Mo.), Emma Sunderman (Clarinda, Iowa)
  • Individual placing: Michael Brown, seventh place; Dan Smith, 12th place; Kevin Runde, 14th place 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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