State Fair Community College students won honors at the Missouri Professional Agriculture Students (PAS) conference Nov. 10-12 at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.

Seventeen SFCC agriculture students attended along with Brad Driskill, Agriculture program coordinator, and Kim Rimel, instructor. They competed in contests designed to develop skills required by employers in the agriculture industry, attended workshops, listened to speakers, and participated in mock interviews.

SFCC student Chloe’ Andresen, Sedalia, was elected to serve as the 2019-2020 treasure for Missouri PAS. Other students who attended the conference included Taylor Gotmer, Marshall; Emily Humphrey, Vandalia; and Chris Gieseke, Houstonia.

The top five contest results for SFCC students are as follows:

Career Planning:

Agribusiness Management and Marketing Systems – Austin Freund, Concordia, first place; Ashton Colvin, Glasgow, fourth place; Stephanie Perry, Hughesville, fifth place
Agriculture Education Systems – Gabriella Snyder, Marshall, second place
Horticulture, Environmental and Natural Resource Systems – Kaitlyn Topel, Blackburn, first place; Cierra Sweeney, Carrollton, third place;
Plant Systems – Jacob Dierking, Blackburn, first place; Chloe’ Andresen, Sedalia, third place

Career Progress:

Agribusiness Management and Marketing Systems – Colt Engemann, Hermann, third place
Plant Systems – Ashlynn Liebl, Hughesville, first place
Ruminant Animal Systems – Makialee Garrett, Hughesville, third place

Employment Interview:

Crop Production – Chloe’ Andresen, Sedalia, first place
Dairy Production – Austin Freund, Concordia, first place
Livestock Production –MaKialee Garrett, Hughesville, first place
Agriculture Education – MacKenzie Loesch, Russellville, first place; Madison Meisel, Jefferson City, third place
Fertilizer and Ag Chemicals – Ashlyn Liebl, Hughesville, first place
Feeds and Animal Health – Carli Switzer, Macon, third place

Career Specialist:

Agriculture Education – MacKenzie Loesch, Russellville, first place; Madison Meisel, Jefferson City, third place
Equine – Carli Switzer, Macon, fifth place
Livestock – MaKialee Garrett, Hughesville, first place
Soils – Ashlynn Liebl, Hughesville, third place; Colt Engemann, Hermann, fifth place
Vet Technician – Gabriella Snyder, Marshall, fourth place

Impromptu Speaking – Jacob Dierking, Blackburn, second place

College Bowl:  second place – Ashlynn Liebl, Hughesville; Ashton Colvin, Glasgow; MaKialee Garrett, Hughesville; Chris Gieseke, Houstonia

The National Professional Agricultural Student Organization is a student-led group that allows participants to build and sharpen their skills and prepares them to work in all areas of the agriculture industry.

In the photo: Seventeen SFCC Agriculture students and two faculty attended the Missouri Professional Agriculture Students conference in November in Linn. Front row, from left: Stephanie Perry, Cierra Sweeney, Mackenzie Loesch, Taylor Gotmer. Middle row: Brad Driskill (SFCC Agriculture program coordinator), Carli Switzer, MaKialee Garrett, Madison Meisel, Chloe’ Andresen, Ashton Colvin, Kaitlyn Topel, Gabriella Snyder, Emily Humphrey, and Kim Rimel (SFCC Agriculture instructor). Back row: Austin Freund, Jacob Dierking, Chris Gieseke, and Colt Engemann. Not Pictured: Ashlynn Liebl.

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