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Horticulture and Forestry Club Attends National Competition

North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club students attended the 2018 National Collegiate Landscape Competition sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals in March. The group gave a strong performance, ranking 13th overall. Two students placed in individual events and five students received scholarships.

March 28, 2018

North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club students attended the 2018 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) March 14-17, 2018. The event was hosted by Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina.

The NCLC is the largest national competition and career recruitment event for college students studying horticulture and landscaping, with over 750 students from 62 universities and colleges competing in 30 events.

Students demonstrated their skills in tree climbing, patio building, identifying horticulture specimens, skid steer operation, sales presentation, exterior/interior landscape design, irrigation troubleshooting, wood construction, and more. They also had the opportunity to attend the largest green industry career fair and meet with approximately 100 top industry companies, where they were exposed to career paths and valuable networking opportunities.

NDSU students who attended were horticulture majors Anne Gatzke, Connor Hagemeyer, Torie Jones, Sarah Kickert and Garrett Schumacher; landscape architecture majors Halley Bartlett, Kai Halverson, Matthew Keller, Tony Paul and Kaylee Pierce; business administration major Colin Schulte; and computer engineering major Kari Trembath. Faculty advisors Harlene Hatterman-Valenti and Todd West also attended.

The NDSU team ranked 13th nationally out of 62 competitive teams, the highest ranking NDSU has achieved in the annual event. Two NDSU students placed in individual contests. Bartlett, from Kenmare, ND, took 1st place in interior landscape design and Gatzke, from Elk River, MN, took 2nd place in irrigation design.

Over 60 scholarships were handed out totaling nearly $100,000. Five NDSU students received scholarships from the NALP Foundation. Hagemeyer, from Clara City, MN, received the Husqvarna Professional Products Scholarship. Kickert, from Shakopee, MN, received the Moore Landscape Scholarship. Jones, from Fessenden, ND, received the Akerman Family Scholarship. Pierce, from Scranton, ND, received the Glowacki Family Scholarship. Trembath, from Andover, MN, received the Hunter Water Conservation/Irrigation Efficiency Scholarship.

NDSU also won the Stihl Spirit Award, based on a combination of the team's social media presence, including a video created by Bartlett and Twitter posts by West, and the team's attitude at the competition. The award comes with a $1,000 prize, which will go toward expenses for the team to attend next year’s competition.

“Landscape and horticulture graduates are in high demand,” says West, “and this event was an excellent opportunity for our students to network, find internships and full-time positions, and have some fun at the same time.”

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Author: Todd West, 701-231-6476, todd.p.west@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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