Twelve Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization spring conference held at LLCC Feb. 9. Students from seven community colleges and universities participated in contests designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.
The LLCC college bowl team of Dalton Johnston (Virginia), Mason Gordon (Springfield), Adrian Austin (Springfield), Dalton Litterly (Elkhart), Ryan Steinkamp (Springfield) and Austin Dennison (Virden) won first place. This is the second year in a row that LLCC has had the winning college bowl team at the state conference. Dennison also placed third individually in the ag education contest.
LLCC’s soil specialist team of Joshua Fischer (Arenzville), Shane Eggimann (Taylorville) and Morgan Gum (Tallula) won second place, with Gum placing third overall as an individual. The soils specialist team of Maddie Ray (Pleasant Plains), Liz Bland (Eldred) and Josie Goebel (Harvel) took fifth place.
The teams will now travel to the National PAS Conference in Louisville, Ky. in March where they will compete against teams from 18 states.
PAS aspires to be the premier leadership and career development organization serving college agriculture students, providing opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation.