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U of M Crookston Horticulture Students Place Third in Mid-American Collegiate Horticulture Society held recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

By ltollefs on
Thursday, November 5, 2009

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 MACHS Winners 1473.jpgsophomore 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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