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LLCC Agriculture Club wins awards at national PAS conference

Press contact: Kyla Kruse

Twelve LLCC Ag Club students pose for a photo at the National PAS Conference.
Back row, L-R: Fuller Anderson, Luke Adams, Wyatt Buckles, Shawn Goebel, Jacob Peters, Charlie Gum, Clayton Walch. Front row, L-R: Morgan Black, Elizabeth Lee, Mackenzie Harmon, Kylie Schakel, Meadow Sporrer.

SPRINGFIELD — Twelve Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the National Professional Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference held March 16-19 in Minneapolis, Minn. with more than 450 college students from across the country. The contests are designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.

The LLCC swine specialist team of Morgan Black (Springfield), Jacob Peters (New Berlin) and Mackenzie Harmon (Morrisonville) placed second overall. Black also placed second individually. 

The college bowl team of Peters, Kylie Schakel (Springfield), Luke Adams (Athens), Clayton Walch (Raymond), Harmon and Fuller Anderson (Atwater) placed third for the second year in a row. Also placing third was the LLCC sheep specialist team of Schakel, Adams and Elizabeth Lee (Springfield).

The soil specialist team of Walch, Meadow Sporrer (Springfield) and Anderson placed fourth. Walch also placed third individually. LLCC’s crop specialist team took seventh place. Team members were Shawn Goebel (Harvel), Wyatt Buckles (Mechanicsburg) and Charlie Gum (Petersburg).

In the employment interview competition, Walch, Adams and Lee won first place in their divisions. Schakel placed second, and Anderson placed eighth. 

Harmon earned second place honors in the agriculture education teaching event. 

PAS is a career and technical student organization for college students interested in agriculture. In addition to competitive events, the national conference provides an opportunity for students to attend leadership and career development workshops.

Learn more about LLCC’s agriculture programs and club.