Pictured: NTCC Ag Director, René McCracken (front) with ag students (from left) Claire McCracken, Lauren Burton, Laramie Chadwick, Tyler Edwards and Ashley Tabor.
By: René McCracken, Ag Director
The annual Texas Junior College Agriculture Association (TJCAA) conference and competition is always a much anticipated event for our NTCC Ag students as well as advisors. This year though we were especially excited to get things back to normal after a two year hiatus due to COVID. It is more of a celebration and appreciation of everything we are all so passionate about than the testing of the skills that we have all learned through our programs. Students from our Ag Club and other community colleges met in Abilene, TX at Abilene Christian University from April 13-15th to compete this year.
NTCC Ag Students earned the following awards: Most Outstanding Chapter – 1st, Animal Science Quiz – 1st place and Horticulture Quiz 2nd place: Claire McCracken, Wildlife Quiz 3rd Place – Tyler Edwards, Laramie Chadwick, Claire McCracken, Ashley Tabor, Tyler Edwards, and Lauren Burton – 1st Place Scrapbook, Claire McCracken and Lauren Burton 1st place Public Relations. Students also earned 2nd place in overall chapter sweepstakes at this event! Congratulations to all our students who represented NTCC in this competition and performed well in their events. Lastly, we want to recognize the excellence of Claire McCracken who served as TJCAA state president and resided over the conference events.
Students were also treated to a great tour of a historic and progressive R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton. Connections, inspirations and a passion for agriculture and good food united our group and pervaded the tours. For more information about NTCC agriculture follow us on Facebook at NTCC Ag Department or contact Director of Agriculture, Rene’ McCracken firstname.lastname@example.org.