Highland Agriculture Club has success at state competition

On Friday February 19, eight Highland Community College agriculture students participated in the Illinois Post-Secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) Annual Conference at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. During the conference, participants competed in a number of agriculture specific content areas that included general knowledge exams, real-world problem solving scenarios, goal setting activities, and personal interviews.

Post-Secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) is a national student organization that provides opportunities for college agriculture students to experience individual growth, leadership, and career preparation through competition and cooperative activities.

The following Highland agriculture students competed at the annual conference:

  • Heidi Smith (Sycamore), 1st place in Career Planning-Agribusiness Management & Marketing Systems
  • Michaela White (Pecatonica), 2nd place in Agriculture Education Career Program
  • Justin Lott (Pearl City), 2nd place in Career Progress-Ruminant Animal Systems
  • Danielle Hinshaw (Byron), participated in Career Planning-Agricultural Education
  • Dairy Specialist Team, 3rd place Ellie Lenkaitis (Winnebago), Anna Folgate (Pearl City), Hannah Hunziker (Ridott), and Jalen Holman (Freeport)

The Highland agriculture department would like to thank State Bank in Freeport for sponsoring the Highland AG Club and our participation in PAS activities. The funds contributed by State Bank were used to purchase materials in preparation for competition as well as expenses to register and travel to the conference. 

The next PAS activity is the National PAS Convention held March 15-19 in Kansas City, MO.  For more information about the HCC PAS organization, please contact Justin Ebert, agriculture instructor at

L to R: Ellie Lenkaitis, Hannah Hunziker, Justin Lott, Danielle Hinshaw, Jalen Holman, Heidi Smith, Michaela White, Anna Folgate

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