Last updated 5/23/2014
The 2014 BHC Ag Recognition Reception will honor students involved in the Black Hawk College East Campus agriculture programs May 16 at the Agribusiness Club’s 41st annual Agriculture Recognition Reception.
Click here to view the 2014 Ag Recognition Reception Program online (program contains results of all contests)
This year’s banquet, sponsored by Black Hawk College Agriculture Alumni, recognized student achievements which included 34 honor graduates, 11 who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA; 81 scholarship recipients; 41 achievement award winners; 13 Founders Scholars and 16 Phi Theta Kappa honor society inductees.
Coaches also recapped the accomplishments and highlights of the competition teams, accomplishments and highlights of the competition teams, beginning with the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS), an extension of high school FFA at the college level. This past fall seven students competed at the Fall Leadership Conference held in Dixon, Ill. Students were coached by Jeff Hawes.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team, coached by Donna Irvin, Drew Cotton and Brooke Byers (42 participants), finished the regular nine-meet season earning four team championships and three reserve champion-ships; placed as High Point Team Champion at the Regional competition; and a 7th finish at Semifinals. The team had 17 students compete at the Regionals and 10 went on to compete at Semifinals.
Nineteen of the students were members of the Academic All American IHSA Team, chosen by the IHSA Coaches Association. Students earning this honor must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and have shown in two or more meets. First Team with a GPA of 3.8 or above included: Carmen Conrad of Howards Grove, Wis.; Nicole Farina of McHenry; Alyssa Knaack of Galesburg; Makayla Maciejewski of Downs; Jamie Mueller of Reynolds; Riley Ryburn of Earlville; Judith Showalter of Corunna, Ind. and Kayla Weikert of Taylor Ridge. Second Team with a APR of 3.5 or above included: Marissa Chapa of Maple Park; Jordan Goodwin of Wanatah, Ind.; Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa; Caitlin Johnson of Rockford; Alex Miller of Claypool, Ind.; Erica Prachal of Rockford; Codi Reed of Woodhull; Rachel Riddle of Stanford; Deanna Rutkauskas of Sheboygan, Wis.; Allison Schleis of Waunakee, Wis. and Gabrielle Schuler of Cambridge, Wis.
At the IHSA Nationals competition in Harrisburg, Penn., Black Hawk College had five students qualify. Mary Staub of Lakeview, Ore., and Jamie Mueller of Reynolds qualified in the Intermediate division. Mary was 8th overall and Jamie was 9th. In the Novice division, Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa, competed for Black Hawk College and placed 12th. In the Beginner division, Gabi Schuler of Cambridge, Wis., placed 10th overall.
Alex Miller of Claypool, Ind., was the only freshman to compete for Black Hawk College at Nationals this year. He qualified for the AQHA High Point Rider Cup, a competition among the Regional Champion High Point riders. It is a two-phase event consisting of horsemanship and reining. Only 26 students from the entire nation qualify for the cup, and Alex placed 19th overall.
The Soil Judging Team, co-coached by Andrew Larson and Scott Wiesbrook, competed at the American Society of Agronomy Regional Contest this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stephens Point. The 10-member team placed 1st Overall. A seven-member team competed later in the year at the Vincennes University Invitational in Vincennes, Ind. once again placing 1st Overall and team member Josh Henderson of Glenwoood, Ind. placing 1st Overall Individual.
In April, 10 students participated at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contest hosted this year at Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Mo.) Not only did the team place first in the nation, Trevor Nelson of Toulon placed first in the nation followed by teammates Joe Fey of Glenwood, Ind. 2nd; Jacob Samuelson of Geneseo 3rd; Tanner Clementz of Elkhart 5th; Zane Torrance of Biggsville 9th and Josh Henderson of Glenwood, Ind. 10th in the top ten Individual placings. This is the sixth year in a row that a Black Hawk College student has been named the national champion soil judge.
Other teams competing at NACTA included Crops Team coached by Andrew Larson, placing 5th with Seth Strom of Victoria placing 6th in the Individual rankings; Dairy Cattle Team coached by Dan Hoge, placing 3rd with Deven King of Lansing, Mich. placing 1st in the Individual rankings and teammate Hank LeVan of Woodstock, Ohio finishing 8th; Horticulture Team coached by Jeff Hawes placing 1st with Strom placing 1st in the Individual ranking followed by teammates Lisa Sprouse of E. Moline placing 2nd; Athens Demartini of Laura 3rd and Michal Slezak of Long Grove 4th; Livestock Management Team coached by Lee Denzer and Jared Boyert, placing 2nd with Trevor Kirkpatrick of Washington Court House, Ohio placing 3rd in the Individual ranking followed by Elizabeth Heaton of Toulon placing 8th; Livestock Judging Team coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert, Team 2 placing 6th and Team 1 placing 8th with Colton Geiger of Columbia City, Ind. placing 9th in the Individual ranking; and Meats Team coached by Lee Denzer and Anne Riggs placing 5th with Kirkpatrick placing 9th in the Individual ranking. NACTA is considered the “World Series of College Agriculture.”
The Horse Judging Team, coached by Aaron Callahan, competed at four contests. The sophomore team (8 members) finished their two-year judging career placing 3rd at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and 1st at the American Quarter Horse World Show contests this fall.
Five of the students were members of the Academic All American Horse Judging Team, chosen by the National Horse Judging Team Coach Association. Students earning this honor must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and be in the top 10 overall at the national level. Distinguished Academic All Americans have a GPA of 3.80 or higher. Members included: Grace Guyer of Kokomo, Ind.; Ashley Monroe of Cedarburg, Wis.; Carmen Conrad of Howards Grove, Wis.; Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa and Aly Schleis of Waunakee, Wis.
The freshmen team (14 members) took over this spring with Team B placing 1st at the Middle Tennessee State University contest followed by Team A placing 3rd with teammates taking 8 of the top Individual 10 spots: Breanna Grebin of Rochester, Minn. 1st; Jamie Wall of Pierceton, Ind. 2nd; Shelby Riley of Noblesville, Ind. 4th; Makayla Maciejewski of Downs 5th; Will Lechner of Plymouth, Ind. 7th; Danielle Neisendorf of Genoa 9th and Mary Kandis of E. Moline 10th. Three teams competed at the “The Spring Contest” held in Gainesville, Texas. Team a placed 2nd, Team B 3rd and Team C 5th. Neisendorf placed 1st in the Individual ranking followed by teammates Rachel Riddle of Stanford 4th; Wall 5th, Isabella Frisk of Atkinson 8th and Riley 10th.
The Livestock Judging teams (14 sophomores and 21 freshmen) were coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert. The freshmen traveled to four contests and came home with two 1st, a 3rd and 4th in team competitions. The sophomore team finished their two-year career judging 12 national contests placing in the top 10 in those competitions.
Hank LeVan of Woodstock, Ohio was a member of the Academic All American Livestock Judging Team, chosen by the National Junior College Coaches Association as being in the top 15 individually at the national level based on academics and national judging achievements.
Outstanding student award plaques were provided by the Black Hawk College East Foundation. This year special awards were given to freshmen and sophomores for their outstanding achievements:
Award recipients at the Black Hawk College East Campus Ag Recognition Reception are, seated from left: Michal Slezak (Long Grove); Tyler Johnson (Kimmell, Ind.); Tyler Gradert (Geneseo); Ivan Harvell (Steward); Trevor Kirkpatrick (Washington Court House, Ohio) and Hank LeVan (Woodstock, Ohio)
standing from left: Tracey Clifford (Auburn, Ind.); Shelby Riley (Noblesville, Ind.); Deven King (Lansing, Mich.); Jamie Wall (Pierceton, Ind.); Codi Reed (Woodhull); Carmen Conrad (Howards Grove, Wis.); Aly Schleis (Waunakee, Wis.) and Ashley Hansen (Muscatine, Iowa)
Missing from the photo were: Maggie Adamson (New Windsor); Heather Burroughs (Muscatine, Iowa); Christopher Eble (Kewanee); Jacob Samuelson (Geneseo) and Hayden Wilder (Remington, Ind.)