Black Hawk College sweeps NACTA Judging Conference

NACTA 4-16-16 sweepstakes winnersCongratulations to Black Hawk College East Campus students and coaches for winning the 2016 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference Sweepstakes Award!

This marks the eighth time Black Hawk College has garnered the top prize at the national judging conference. BHC students brought home the Sweepstakes Award in 1981-85, 1989 and 2009.

The 2016 conference attracted 575 college students from 15 two-year schools and 23 four-year schools. They competed in contests focused on agriculture and natural resources.

Awards are presented to the top three individuals and top three teams in each contest in both the two-year and four-year categories.

Black Hawk College competed in 15 of 16 contests and won nine contests – Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Sales, Dairy Judging, Hippology, Horse Judging, Horticulture, Knowledge Bowl, Livestock Judging and Wildlife.

“I am very proud of these students. They rock!” said Drew Cotton, coach of the Agribusiness Management Team, Hippology Team and Horse Judging Team.

“Not only are they very successful competitively, but even more important they are great people!” he said.

“Our students were really prepared and the competition was tough,” said Jeffry Hawes, coach of the Crops Team, Horticulture Team and Landscape Design Team and co-coach of the Knowledge Bowl Team.

“With success comes energy and excitement,” said Andrew Larson, Soils Team coach.

The 2016 NACTA Judging Conference was hosted by the University of Minnesota Crookston. Black Hawk College hosted the conference in 2015.

Click here for 2016 contest results.


Last updated 4/27/2016