State Fair Community College students won honors and were elected as officers at the National Post-secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) conference March 13-16 in St. Charles.


Twenty-one SFCC agriculture students attended. They competed in career planning and progress, employment interview, public speaking, college bowl, and career program area contests, and attended workshops, banquets, industry presentations, and toured local businesses while meeting ag students from across the country.

The following SFCC students placed in these national contests:

· Career Planning—Jillian Herigon, Boonville, first place, Agribusiness Management and Marketing Systems; Hannah Parker, Ashland, second place, Horticulture, Environmental and Natural Resource Systems

· Career Progress—Erin Robinson, Cole Camp, first place, Ruminant Animal Systems

· Employment Interview—Alexandra England, Rocky Mount, second place, Fruit and Vegetable Production; Hannah Parker, Ashland, first place, Landscaping and Nursery

Three SFCC students were elected to serve as National PAS officers for the coming year: Ashley Rupe, Stover, secretary; Sam Sudbrock, Centralia, vice president; and Hannah Parker, Ashland, vice president. Candidates must participate in multiple interviews, work in teams to develop and deliver presentations and help with conference activities.

A total of seven students are elected as national officers, a president, five vice presidents and a secretary.

In the group photo: SFCC agriculture students, instructors and staff attended the National PAS conference March 13-16 in St. Charles. Front row, from left Ciara Day, Alexandra England, Martha Cowherd, Tracy Lawson, Bridget Brennecke, Meredith Rumsey, Erin Robinson. Second row, from left, Kate Harrmann, Nikki Grimpo, Jamylin Weigand, Hannah Parker, Ashley Rupe, Jillian Herigon, Payton Goetz, Student Success Navigator Jessica Wingerter. Third row, from left, Agriculture Program Coordinator Brad Driskill, Sam Sudbrock, Jenna Ellison, Jack Long, Lawton Johnson, Jared Johnston, Josh Charlton, Tyler Stayton.

In the top photo: Newly elected National PAS officers from SFCC pose with National PAS President and SFCC alumni Alex Haun, Holden, who just finished his term of office. From left, Sam Sudbrook, Haun, Hannah Parker, and Ashley Rupe.