BTC students shine at agriculture competition

The seven members of Blackhawk Technical College’s chapter of the Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Organization (PAS) recently garnered five first-place finishes in the Wisconsin PAS competition and qualified for the national event that will be held in Kansas City, Mo., on March 15-19.

Brianna Sheehan of Beloit earned two first place finishes in the Impromptu Speaking and Dairy Production Employment categories. She also earned third place in the Prepared Speaking competition.

Carly Arneson, Marika Jansen and Brad Grebner, all from Monroe, also picked up first-place awards. Arneson competed in Agricultural Education; Jansen in Floriculture; and Grebner in Landscaping and Nursery Horticulture.

Mike Raab, Argyle, took second in the Fertilizer and Agriculture Chemical division.

Also competing for BTC were Mark Pakes of Janesville and Brian Klahn of Evansville, who helped the squad also qualify for the national Crops and Soils Specialist contest.

The competition, which featured other state technical schools, was held in Wisconsin Dells on Feb. 8-9.

The students are enrolled in the Agribusiness Specialist one-year technical diploma program at BTC’s Monroe Campus.  A new two-year Agribusiness Science and Technology associate’s degree program will begin at the Monroe campus in the fall of 2016.  Questions about the agricultural programs or the Post-Secondary Agricultural Students Organization should be directed to instructor/club advisor Dustin Williams at 608-329-8210 or .

The National PAS Organization has more than 6,000 members from 57 chapters located in 18 states. PAS is available to students in Post-Secondary Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Natural Resource Programs in 550 technical colleges in all 50 states.

The PAS mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career planning through participation in employment experience programs, course work and PAS activities.