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Ag program brings home awards from TJCAA conference

students posing with awards

By: René McCracken, NTCC 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 was no exception with our largest group in a while, 9 students and advisor in all traveling to Blinn College RELLIS location for the contest in Bryan, TX on April 3-5th, 2023. 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.

NTCC Ag Students earned the following awards: The PR team of: Kitrina Killian, Michael Rodriguez, Lauren Burton and Kent Sheldon placed 4th.  The Job Interview was won by Lauren Burton – 1st and 3rd Michael Rodriquez.  The prepared speech “Rodeo – not just the best show on dirt!” by Kent Sheldon took 5th place. Quizzes tested our knowledge in the following categories: Wildlife (1st-Corbin Stroud, 2nd-Jamel Fluellen, 3rd-Kitrina Killian, 6th-Tyler Edwards, 9th-Jett Morris, Horticulture: 5th-Tyler Edwards, 6th-Jamel Fluellen and 9th-Kitrian Killian, Agronomy: 10th-Kitrian Killian, Ag-Economics: 9th-Place Killian, Entomology: 6th-Place-Killian and 8th-Place-Rodriquez. Equine: 2nd-Jett Morris; 7th-Kent Sheldon and 8th-Jill White. Animal Science: 7th-Tyler Edwards and 10th-Lauren Burton. Ag Mechanics: 4th-Jett Morris, 5th-Corbin Stroud, 10th-Jill White. Scrapbook was a labor of love for the whole group and earned a 3rd place this year. The accumulation of all points with quizzes, speaking events and scrapbook presented at this competition earned 4th place in overall chapter in sweepstakes. Lastly- those sweepstakes points were added to points awarded for our report of this year’s activities and based on this we received 2nd in Most Outstanding Chapter!  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 Kitrina Killian aka “mom” who served as TJCAA state vice president and resided over the conference events.

For more information about NTCC agriculture follow us on Facebook at NTCC Ag Department or contact Director of Agriculture, Rene’ McCracken

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