A total of 27 State Fair Community College agriculture students attended the state Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization (PAS) conference Nov. 18-20 at Mineral Area College in Park Hills.
Students participated in leadership activities, workshops, public speaking, mock interviews, career planning activities, and career specialist contest areas. They also toured the Sayers Brook Bison Ranch in Petosi.
Alex Haun, of Holden, was selected to be state PAS vice president for the upcoming year.
Several SFCC students placed in their respective competitions. SFCC teams placed second and third in the Agriculture Quiz Bowl event. Members of the second-place team were Nikki Kresl, of Jefferson City; Katie Kirschman, of Prairie Home; Jason Arnett, of La Monte; Mark Dial, of Nelson; and Dylan Wittman, of Florence. Members of the third-place team were Austin Timm, of Boonville; Michaella Hamlin, of Warrensburg; Joseph Walters, of La Monte; Sam Strodtman, of Fayette; and Travis Warner, of La Monte.
Jessica Johnson, of Marshall, placed second in the Agriculture Education event in which she had to prepare a lesson plan and present it to a panel of judges.
A team consisting of Ethan Daehler, of Lexington; Tim Cash, of Knob Noster; and Wittman placed third in the Crops Specialist competition that included a written test, equipment identification and a problem-solving activity. Wittman was the second-highest individual in the competition.
The team of Courtney Dunn, of Tipton; Kaitlynn Hamlin, of Warrensburg; and Dial placed first in the Dairy Specialist competition and Dial was the third-highest individual.
Walters placed third in the Agribusiness Management and Marketing Systems Career Progress event. Warner and Devon Stemberger, of Florence, received first and second place, respectively, in the Plant Systems Career Progress event.
Many students placed in the top three for employment interview competitions. Dunn placed second in the Agribusiness Administration division; Michaella Hamlin placed third in the Agribusiness Sales division; Cash and Casey Broyles, of Sweet Springs, placed first and second, respectively, in the Agriculture Equipment Service division; Kirschman placed third in the Feeds and Animal Health division; Ann Crighton, of Warrensburg, placed first in the Floriculture division; Dial placed second in the Forestry and Natural Resources division; Wittman placed second in the Fruit and Vegetable Production division; and Ethan Shipp, of New Franklin, placed second in the Livestock Production division.
Kresl was the third-highest individual in the Equine Specialist competition, Cash placed second in the Impromptu Speaking event and Victoria Kumpula, of Smithton, placed third in the Prepared Speaking event.
Walters placed second and Nathaniel Hutcheson, of Sedalia, and Dial tied for third in the Livestock Specialist competition, which consisted of a problem-solving activity and presentation, a written test and equipment identification. Two teams placed in the Livestock Specialist competition; the second-place team included Dial, Hutcheson and Strodtman and the third-place team included Walters, Haun and Kirschman.