Ag Students Shine at National Competition

Seven Sheridan College agricultural program students excelled in several individual and team categories in recent competition at the 2018 National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization Conference.

They competed against almost 700 students from both two-year and four-year colleges in 37 states at the event in Louisville (LOO-ee-vill), Kentucky. The annual competition is designed to provide opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation for top students in the nation enrolled in agriculture, agribusiness and natural resources.

Among the Sheridan College students, Madison Anderson, a first-year agriculture business major from Ten Sleep, won first in the nation in the individual agriculture sales contest. Each student was required to come up with a product and then pitch it to judges. Anderson chose to sell something close to home – the grass-fed beef raised on her family’s ranch – and the judges selected her as the winner from over 80 students.

In mock interview competitions, a requirement for all students in the event, Zane Tunby placed fourth in the agribusiness employment interview; Jessica Stockett took ninth place in the feeds/animal health employment interview; Tyler Thormodsgard placed eighth in the livestock production employment interview; and Anderson took fourth place in the agriculture sales employment interview.

In team competition, students Matazie Thoman, BreAunna Moore and Stockett placed seventh in the Equine Specialist category.

Agricultural faculty member Chuck Holloway has taken Sheridan College students to the PAS Conference for the past 15 years. He has served as a member of the board of directors for two years and was recently elected as board chair of the organization.

According to Holloway, over 90 percent of students who attend the PAS conference will go on to work in agriculture. Many of the nation’s top agricultural businesses, such as John Deere and Monsanto, attend the conference to network with students. Holloway said the conference is a great opportunity for students to practice interviewing, network with industry professionals and build their resumes.

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