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Student Spotlight

April 14, 2017

Agricultural communications team takes second at NACTA contest

Left to right, Annie Palmer, Paige Volkens and Marcie Eggers placed second as a team in agricultural communications at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture judging conference. (Submitted photo)

Left to right, Annie Palmer, Paige Volkens and Marcie Eggers placed second as a team in agricultural communications at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture judging conference. (Submitted photo)

Sixteen Northwest Missouri State University students competed April 7 at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) judging conference, including the University’s first agricultural communications students, who finished second in a team competition in that field.

Annie Palmer, Paige Volkens and Marcie Eggers competed in the agricultural communications contest, during which they completed an editing exercise, a communications quiz and a practicum. For the practicum, an agricultural expert led a press conference about a topic the teams were assigned to promote; team members created a two-page magazine spread, blog post, social media posts and a promotional video. 

Northwest’s agricultural communications team placed second behind Murray State University and ahead of universities including Texas A&M and Iowa State.

Individually, Eggers placed fourth, Palmer was ninth, and Volkens placed 11 out of 18 students competing in the communications contest. They are members of Northwest’s new Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow chapter, advised by Rod Barr, director of the School of Agricultural Sciences, and Dr. Dave Shadinger, associate professor of communication.

This was the first year Northwest competed in the agricultural communications section at NACTA since the School of Agricultural Sciences began offering agricultural communications as a minor in 2015. A team of Northwest students took first place in agriculture communications at the 2012 NACTA conference.

In other contest categories, Northwest finished second as a team in equine management. Individually, Taylor Clinton finished second, while team members Stacy Lerosen, Chandra Arbogast, Kayla Elson and Kara Rodriguez finished sixth through ninth, respectively.

Northwest students finished third as a team in meat judging. That team consisted of Caleb Robertson, Austin Walker, Morgan Schaeperkoetter and Seth Phillips.

North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) is a professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level. 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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