Iowa State Students Wins Overall Sweepstakes at Judging Conference

June 5th, 2018

AMES, Iowa — For the fourth year in a row Iowa State University student judging teams won the overall sweepstakes award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in April.

The sweepstakes award was presented to the Iowa State team for its excellent showing in agricultural contests at the conference, which was hosted by Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Iowa State teams entered several agricultural categories and were judged as both a group and individually. The ISU Ag Knowledge Bowl team won first place for the eighth year in a row. The crops team won first for the fifth time in the last six years. Iowa State teams also ranked first in ag mechanics and computer applications.

Iowa State team and individual rankings for the four-year division included:

Ag Knowledge Bowl – First Place Team eighth year in a row
Daniel Feucht, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Princeville, Illinois
Joshua DeGroot, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Laura, Illinois
Nicholas Schuh, an agronomy senior from Raleigh, North Carolina
Elizabeth Widder, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Adam Guy, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Brighton, Iowa

Agribusiness - Third place team
Callen Duffy, first place, an agricultural business senior from Eagan, Minnesota
Kendall Davis, seventh place, an agricultural business sophomore from Moulton, Iowa
Grant Johnson, eleventh place, an agricultural business junior from Montezuma, Iowa
Marta Grant, fifteenth place,  an agricultural business sophomore from Preston, Iowa
Georgeanne Artz, coach and Iowa State assistant professor of economics

Ag Mechanics - First Place Team
Daniel Feucht, first place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Princeville, Illinois
Joshua DeGroot, sixth place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Laura, Illinois
Adam Guy, seventh place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Brighton, Iowa
Derrick Hoodjer, eight place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Runnells, Iowa

Computer Applications - First place team
Coleman Kneifl, second place, a senior in agronomy from Allen, Nebraska
Kelsi Sieren, fourth place, a May 2018 agricultural studies graduate from Keota, Iowa
Andrew Blomme, sixth place, an agronomy senior from Audubon, Iowa
Heather Wilson, tenth place, an agronomy senior from Eagle Grove, Iowa

Crops - First place team
Daniel Feucht, first place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Princeville, Illinois
Elizabeth Widder, third place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Joshua DeGroot, fourth place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Laura, Illinois
Coleman Kneifl, fifth place, a senior in agronomy from Allen, Nebraska
Heather Wilson, sixth place, an agronomy senior from Eagle Grove, Iowa
Eric Coddington, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Monticello, Wisconsin served as an assistant coach

Horticulture Individual Results
Grant Hughes, first place, a horticulture junior from Glenwood, Iowa
Emily Stoffel, second place, a horticulture senior from Boomer, Wisconsin
Ellen Sattler, fourth place, a May 2018 horticulture graduate from Clive, Iowa
Annie Butler, fifth place, a May 2018 horticulture graduate from New Glarus, Wisconsin
Sarah Steffen, sixth place, a horticulture senior from Ames, Iowa
Lori Croghan, ninth place, an agronomy junior from Alton, Iowa
Jenna Rasmusson, eleventh place, an agronomy junior from Rochester, Minnesota
Diana Cochran, coach and assistant professor in Horticulture

Livestock Management
Derrick Hoodjer, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Runnells, Iowa
Jenna Rasmusson, an agronomy junior from Rochester, Minnesota
Lauren Schwarck, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Spencer, Iowa

Precision Ag - Third place team
Joshua DeGroot, Second Place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Laura, Illinois
Derrick Hoodjer, eighth place, place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Runnells, Iowa
Daniel Feucht, eleventh place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Princeville, Illinois
Lauren Schwarck, fifteenth place, a May 2018 agronomy graduate from Spencer, Iowa

NACTA is a professional society founded in 1955. Members include public and private post-secondary schools, with divisions for two- and four-year institutions. For all results go to: https://northeast.edu/2018/nacta/

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Contacts: 

Barb McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-0707, barbmc@iastate.edu