U of M Crookston Horticulture Students Place Third in Mid-American Collegiate Horticulture Society held recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
A team of students involved with the University of Minnesota, Crookston's Horticulture Club competed and earned third place honors overall at the 37th Mid-American Collegiate Horticulture Society (MACHS) Conference, held October 8-11, 2009, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The team (l to r), comprised of Jennifer Zoch,a senior from Remer, Minn.; Kristine Neu, a sophomore from Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Jada Ellenberg, a senior from Perham, Minn.; and Stepheni Tietje, a senior from Hayfield, Minn.; placed third overall just after Iowa State and Michigan State. Their coach is Theresa Helgeson, a lab services coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.
Zoch earned first place honors in individual knowledge and tied forfirst place in herbaceous identification. Tietje tied for second placein herbaceous identification.
Students Theo Lenneman, a sophomore from St. Michael, Minn.; Michael Field, a senior from Spicer, Minn.; Nathan Peikert, a freshman from Woodbury, Minn.; and Katy Diers, a junior from Grand Forks, N.D., also attended the conference and competed as individuals.
The MACHS organization and contest provide a means of communication between horticulture clubs of participating schools. Sharing knowledge and ideas is an important part of the gathering. The MACHS competition includes collegiate horticulture clubs from 12 Mid-American states. A competition is held in four categories and tours are taken of various horticultural attractions.
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