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NDSU Horticulture Students Earn Honors in Regional Competition

Three NDSU horticulture students representing the Horticulture and Forestry Club came home with awards and honors from the 41st annual Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) competition hosted by the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, in early October.
NDSU Horticulture Students Earn Honors in Regional Competition

From left: Justin Brown, McKenzie Wollman and Nathan Jahnke

Three NDSU horticulture students representing the Horticulture and Forestry Club came home with awards and honors from the 41st annual Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) competition hosted by the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, in early October.

The students receiving awards included junior Nathan Jahnke, sophomore Justin Brown and senior McKenzie Wollman.  Jahnke placed 1st in Plant Identification and 2nd in Fruit and Nursery Plant Judging and was elected secretary of the MACHS officer team. Brown placed 3rd in the General Knowledge exam and Wollman was chosen to represent MACHS at the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) convention in Florida next summer with financial assistance from MACHS to attend the convention. (Photo from left to right: Justin Brown, McKenzie Wollman, Nathan Jahnke)
 
NDSU attendees at MACHS 2013Seventy participants from seven schools attended the event, which offered opportunities for networking and visits to horticultural sights, in addition to horticultural competitions.  In the competitions, students tested their knowledge against their peers in categories such as general horticulture, woody plant identification, herbaceous plant identification and plant evaluation.

The Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society promotes the horticulture profession, provides a network of communication for horticulture students, and serves as a channel for the exchange of ideas. Society membership consists of horticulture clubs from universities and two-year colleges in 12 states across the Midwest, including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Meetings are held annually in the fall, with a different club sponsoring each year’s meeting. (MACHS Constitution and By-Laws)

The NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club will host the 42nd annual MACHS meeting in 2014.

For more information about the NDSU Horticulture program, visit http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/undergraduate

Above photo: NDSU horticulture students at MACHS.  Left to right: Nathan Jahnke, Alec Miller, Matthew Brooke, Justin Brown, McKenzie Wollmann, Jenny Kubischta, Kaylyn Hopfauf, and Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti (adviser)

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