Seven Butte College Student Agriculture (Ag) Ambassadors received top awards at the recent California Agriculture Leaders Spring Competition held in Modesto, CA, while competing against more than 100 students from colleges as far south as Porterville and as far north as Shasta.
Jackie Litchfield, president of the Butte College Ag Ambassadors Club, and Michael Martin placed first in the Team Agriculture Sales area with a presentation on baling twine. Zach Bentz placed second in the Job Interview category of Agriculture Technician, while Shane Bratcher and Madison Weigel placed fifth in the Team Agriculture Sales area with a presentation of project pigs for the 4-H and FFA markets.
“Our students did an outstanding job. This is the best year we’ve had at this competition. It was fun to see them perform so well,” said Lyman Hagen, Butte College agriculture department chair.
Students Molly Stark and Amy Dickerson competed in the Team Agriculture Sales area with a unique presentation on “The Palms,” - a private venue for company functions, agriculture events, and weddings. A team of five students competed in the Agriculture Quiz bowl, with questions coming from the major areas of: agriculture business, agriculture science, animal science, mechanized agriculture, environmental horticulture and natural resources.
“All of these students are majors in agriculture, ag business or ag science--and every one of them are on track to graduate with an associate’s degree and transfer on to four-year colleges,” said Hagen. “I am so very proud of all of them.”