Agriculture students bring home awards from national competition

Agriculture students bring home awards from national competition

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Mark Miller
College Director of Communication 417.447.2655 millerm@otc.edu
Laura French
Coordinator of Public Information 417.447.2659 frenchl@otc.edu

Students from the Turf and Landscape Management program at Ozarks Technical Community College have brought home several awards and a scholarship from their field's national competition.  The students competed against 62 other colleges and universities at the 37th annual Student Career Days, informally known as the "Landscaping Olympics," an event sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).

The awards brought home from this year's competition include:

  • Wood Construction, 6th place: Brad Daniels and Isaac Lawson
  • Landscape Plant Installation, 10th place: Kara Bullock, Juan Hibbs-Estrada, and Isaac Lawson
  • Overall Individual, 14th place: Isaac Lawson

Lawson's overall placement put him in the top two percent of all students competing in the events. In addition, Lawson received a $1,000 scholarship through the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation.

This year's Student Career Days also included student workshops and a career fair centered on opportunities in the landscaping industry. The annual event is the largest competition and career recruitment event for college students studying horticulture and landscaping. Others attending the event included Katelyn Butler, Chloe Dalton, Kyle Knierim, Sueanna Nelson, and Michelle Meyer, along with OTC instructors Rob Flatness and Danelle Maxwell.