Sheridan College Students Participate in Ag Competition

(From left to right) Keith Klement, Shelby Baumgartner, Richard Ramsey, Tayler Wittman, Paul Ratigan, and Russell Merrill at the 2013 Society for Range Management Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Courtesy photo)
(From left to right) Keith Klement, Shelby Baumgartner, Richard Ramsey, Tayler Wittman, Paul Ratigan, and Russell Merrill at the 2013 Society for Range Management Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Courtesy photo)

Five Sheridan College students competed in collegiate-level competitions at the 2013 Society for Range Management meeting this month and had a good showing.

The students traveled to Oklahoma for the International Society for Range Management, where there were professional presentations and poster displays across multiple disciplines, and of course, the competitions.

The five local students, Shelby Baumgartner, Richard Ramsey, Tayler Wittman, Paul Ratigan and Russell Merrill, are majoring in Natural Resources and Ranch Land Management. They competed against 152 students from 18 other universities and colleges in the Range Plant Identification contest.

These five students also competed in the two-hour Undergraduate Range Management Exam against 264 students from 25 different institutions.

According to a media release, Sheridan College was the only two-year education institution in these categories and its students had a good showing in these competitions. For three of these students it was their first year in the competition and the second year for the other two students.

Keith Klement, Director of Ag and Instructor of Natural Resources and Ranch Land Management at Sheridan College, says that while they did not bring home a top award in the competitions, it was an invaluable opportunity for the students. Klement says he's proud of their hard work and determination.

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