HCC Agriculture Club participates in state competition

 Six Highland Community College students in the Agriculture Club traveled to John Wood Community College in Quincy to participate in the Illinois Post-Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Annual Conference.

Justin Lott of Pearl City took first place in Career Planning Ruminant Systems; Michelle Spittler of Forreston took third place in Career Planning Agriculture Education; Justin Lott, Jen Saieva of Winnebago and Sarah Duncan of Polo placed second in Dairy Specialist Team Event and Chase Stoddard of Byron and Ryan Nadig of Stockton participated in the Soil Specialist Team Event.

PAS is a national student organization that provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation for college agriculture students. At the annual conference, members compete against other college agriculture students from across the state in industry specific activities.

"I am really happy for the students that participated in the PAS Conference," said Justin Ebert, agriculture instructor and club advisor. "They put in some time preparing materials for the contests and represented Highland Community College very well. I hope that their success will spark some interest in other students to become involved in Agriculture Club activities."

The Highland Community College Agriculture Club was established in fall 2014 to provide opportunities for students with an interest in agriculture. The Agriculture Club hosts social activities throughout the year and is working to establish some judging and competitive teams. For interest in learning more about the Highland Agriculture Club, contact Justin Ebert at 815.599.3507 or at

(left to right, front row) Chase Stoddard, Ryan Nadig, Sara Duncan and Justin Ebert. (Back row, left to right) Michelle Spittler, Justin Lott and Jen Saieva.

Justin Lott of Pearl City earns a first place medal and plaque for Career Planning Ruminant Systems

Justin Lott (left), Jen Saieva and Sara Duncan earn a second place finish as Dairy Specialist Team

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