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NDSU Students Compete in National Horticulture Competition

Mark Miller and Josh Wildt competing in Irrigation Install in the snow
 
Mark Miller and Josh Wildt competing in Irrigation Install in the snow
A team of NDSU horticulture and landscape architecture students competed in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) 38th Annual Student Career Days. The team gave a good showing, ranking in the top 25 of the participating schools and coming home with several individual event honors.

A team of NDSU horticulture and landscape architecture students competed on a snowy weekend at Colorado State University in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) 38th Annual Student Career Days, March 20-23.

The team ranked 25th out of 65 schools in their third appearance at the competition and came home with several individual event honors. NDSU landscape architecture seniors Justin Flynn and Josh Wildt won first place in Wood Construction and Charles “Kene” Okigbo placed second in a Leadership Skills event. Also worth mentioning is an 11th place finish in Arboriculture Techniques for senior horticulture students Brittany Jangula and McKenzie Wollman, and a 13th place finish in the Landscape Install event for Jangula, Wollman, and Amber Urlacher, also a senior in horticulture.

The NDSU team is advised by Todd West, associate professor in Plant Sciences at NDSU. “It was a great competition for our students,” he said.

PLANET Student Career Days is an annual 3-day competitive event for students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Students from the nation’s top horticulture and landscape programs competed in 28 events directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry. Events included arboriculture techniques, landscape plant installation, irrigation installation, and plant problem diagnosis. The gathering also featured one of the largest green industry career fairs in the U.S., which gave students the opportunity to meet prospective employers in the industry, discuss employment opportunities and network with key industry professionals.

For more information about PLANET Student Career Days, visit https://www.studentcareerdays.org/.

Source: 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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