Butler Ag Students Awarded at National Conference

Published May 7, 2015 at 03:10 pm Agriculture

Butler Community College’s Agriculture department participated in the North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) judging conference last month.

Butler joined with 31 students making up eight teams. Butler took second place in the overall sweepstakes award, which is presented to schools based upon team rankings across multiple contests.   

Butler’s agriculture department competes in various judging, knowledge and skills contests. The NACTA is held at various locations in the United States each year, this one was hosted by Black Hawk College in Moline, IL, April 8 - 10. 

Marcus Arnold, Butler associate professor of agriculture, and Joel Judge, lecturer of agriculture, took the students to the event. 

“The kids did great and competed hard, both Marcus and I are very proud of all our contestants,” Judge said.

One of Butler’s participating students was Derek Larsen of Kechi, a student of the one-year certificate program. Larsen was named overall high individual by a large margin, for receiving the highest score in the contest.     

A list of all the competitors, sorted by contest division:

Ag Business team: 3rd place overall
Callie Aikens, Nashville, Ga.
Cooper Bounds, Taneytown, Md.
Megan Schuster, Garnett

Ag Communications team: 1st place overall
Callie Aikens, Nashville, Ga.
Samantha Capoun, Paxico
Amy Wolff, Beardsley, Minn.
Shelby Zinc, Oxford, Ind.

Ag Mechanics team: 3rd place overall
Derek Larsen, Kechi
Jason Logan, Topeka
Andy Phipps, Matfield Green
Jason Wulfkuhle, Lecompton

Computers team: 2nd place overall
Jason Logan, Topeka
Grant Nutt, Wichita 
Amy Wolff, Beardsley Minn.
Shelby Zinc, Oxford, Ind.

Dairy Judging team: 4th place overall
Cooper Bounds, Taneytown, Md.
Koby Cone, Portales, N.M.
Trent Kempker, Jefferson City, Mo.
Barrett Simon, Leon

Livestock Judging team: 1st place overall
Logan Browne, Bowling Green, Ohio
Kourtney Gardner, China Spring, Texas
Jessica Judge, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Brooke Pettigrew, Columbia City, Ind.
Travis Stedje, Gruver, Texas

Livestock Judging individuals:
Kirsten Ameling, Bradner, Ohio
Justin Bright, Elizabeth City, N.C.
Kyle Chew, Cummings
Koby Cone, Portales, N.M.
Lane Kemner, Pemberville, Ohio
Trent Kempker, Jefferson City, Mo.
Clayton Liss , Peyton, Colo.
Jessica Middlesworth, Torrington, Wyo.
Garrett Tuck, Bowling Green, Ohio
Cassie Womack, Pleasant Plains, Ark.

Meat Animal Evaluation team: 2nd place overall
Cooper Bounds, Taneytown, Md.
Barrett Simon, Leon
Payton Stoppel, Russell
David Wiedauer, Le Mars, Iowa

Quiz Bowl team: 4th place overall
Callie Aikens, Nashville, Ga.
Jason Logan, Topeka
Andy Phipps, Matfield Green
Barrett Simon, Leon
Amy Wolf, Beardsley, Minn.
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