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Seven WIU Agriculture Students Place in National Competition

March 26, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – Over spring break week, the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture had seven students compete in events as part of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization in Louisville, KY.

The conference included more than 600 students in career planning and preparation events from 62 chapters in 18 states.

The students had to receive first place in their event at the Illinois state event to qualify for the Kentucky event. Student teams had to win first or second place in the state event to qualify.

During the conference, Sarah Nelson, a sophomore agriculture major from Carthage, IL, was elected the national PAS vice president.

WIU students placing in the competitions include:

• Employment Interview - Landscaping and Nursery – First place, Kylee Johnston, a senior agriculture major from Memphis, MO

• Employment Interview - Agriculture Education – First place, Mariana Roberts, a senior agriculture major from Liberty, IL

• Agricultural Education CPA (present an agricultural lesson) – Second place, Mariana Roberts

• Employment Interview - Agribusiness Sales – Third place, Adam Wright, a junior agriculture major from Carthage, IL

Employment Interview - Livestock Production – 10th place, Cori Sargent, a senior agriculture major from Cameron, IL

Crops Specialist (Team event with two individuals):

- Fifth place Overall Team
- Western Illinois University   

- Eighth place overall individual – Tanner Stratton, a junior agriculture major from Quincy, IL

- 16th place individual – Ryan Farmer, a junior agriculture major from Monmouth, IL

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