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U of M Crookston’s NACTA team brings home Four Year Sweepstakes Division Runner Up

By Michelle Christopherson, Director of Outreach and Engagement on
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

CROOKSTON, Minn. -The University of Minnesota Crookston team competing at the annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) brought home the four-year Sweepstakes Division Runner Up. This year’s competition was held in North Platte, Neb. at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, March 30 - April 2.

Participating NACTA Team individuals include:
Adam Lange, agronomy senior, Deer Creek, Minn. Alissa Sharp, agronomy junior, Hamilton, N.D., Ally Eblen, equine business management senior, Belgrade, Minn., Alyssa Anway, equine science management senior, Hager City, Wis., Ashley May, equine science management senior, Dell Rapids, S.D., Beau Spilde, ag business senior, Halma, Minn., Ben Olander, agronomy senior, Staples, Minn., Charley Walsh, ag business senior, Park Rapids, Minn., Elaina Knott, ag education senior, Thief River Falls, Minn., John Heuchert, ag systems management senior, St. Thomas, N.D., Kaitlyn Rux, animal science sophomore, Hawley, Minn., Katie Orth, animal science senior, Randall, Minn., Laney Swiers, ag education junior, Mahnomen, Minn., Logan Kettner, ag education senior, Mahnomen, Minn., Luke Trandem, agronomy senior, Crookston, Minn.,  Nicole Schilling, animal science senior, Fort Ripley, Minn., Peyton Loss, ag business senior, Brainerd, Minn., Sam McGregor, natural resources senior, Hastings, Minn., Savea Zimmerman, equine science senior, Little Falls, Minn., Steve Murray, agronomy junior, Karlstad, Minn., Tiara Malakowsky, ag education junior, Hartland, Minn., Tristen Norenberg, ag systems management senior, Fergus Falls, Minn., Veronica Schwartz, ag education senior, Parkers Prairie, Minn. and Student Co-Chairs Arica Caughey, ag education junior, Brainerd, Minn., Melissa Hammer animal science junior, Aldrich, Minn.

The following teams placed: ag business placed third; ag computers first place; dairy judging first place; equine management first place; horticulture first place; livestock management second place.

Individuals high placing: ag computers, Alissa Sharp third, Tristen Norenberg third, Beau Splide fourth; ag mechanics John Heuchert first; dairy judging Veronica Scwartz second, Melissa Hammer third; equine management Ally Eblen second, Katie Orth third, Savea Zimmerman fourth, Alyssa Anway fifth; horticulture Tiara Malakowsky second, Elaina Knott third; livestock management Melissa Hammer third, Sam McGregor fifth.

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