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PCC walks away from NACTA with a first, second, third place finish

15 April 2015

Pratt Community College had five students place individually and came home with a first, second and third place award at this year’s North America College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) competition, where more than 830 contestants from 25 community colleges entered.

The competition took place at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., April 7-10.

“Overall I was pleased with how the students did,” said Rod Stewart, one of two instructors to travel to the event.

PCC took 16 students and competed in seven different competitions. Students in the Ag Materials and Mechanics competition took first place overall with Corey Heimerman, of Conway Springs, placing third individually and Patrick Nemec of Saint John taking fourth.

Nemec also placed third in the General Knowledge category putting him in fourth place overall and Heimerman took fifth overall in the Ag Mechanics area.

Others who participated in this set of competitions were: Jayton Burns of Saint John; Phillip Hundley of Mulvane; Randy Gaeddert of Plevna, Kan.; Jacob Reed of Mulvane; Bryce Staley of Newton and Tyler Stonehocker of Clearwater.

In the agriculture side of the competition, the students took third in Agricultural Communication and second in Computer Applications.

Mattison Dusin, of Phillipsburg, took second on the general knowledge exam for Computer Applications, putting her in second for that area and fifth overall. Rachel Schmidt, of Greensburg, placed fifth individually in the Computer Applications contest and third individually overall. Others on the computer team were: Coral Merlo of Burbank, Wash., and Breanna Tatro of Pratt.

In the Ag Communications competition, Merlo, Schmidt, Dusin and Kylie Mull of Minneapolis, Kan., were on the team.

The group also took a Knowledge Bowl team and an Agribusiness team and Lane Kissinger, of Mulvane, competed in Crops as an individual.

The Knowledge Bowl team included Schmidt, Nemec, Kissinger, Makala Orler of Pratt, and Kacey DeWeese of Americus, Kan., and the Agribusiness team was made up of DeWeese, Kissinger, Orler and Schmidt.

“I am very proud of them,” said Bill Hunter, the other advisor to go with the students. “They worked hard and we are happy to come home with the results we did.”