RCTC Hort students compete at PLANET


The RCTC Horticulture students traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the 39th Annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which was hosted by North Carolina State University.

The three-day competition and networking event is geared toward students enrolled in hort programs in both two- and four-year colleges around the country. A different host is selected each year, which allows students a chance to travel throughout the country and gives participants a chance to experience different outdoor conditions. This year, 65 teams participated in 28 events.

RCTC was greeted with heavy rain all day and red clay, but our Hort team was able to improve on last year’s score.

Jeremy Garner participated in five events, starting with the Skid Steer Loader Operation competition at eight in the morning, and placed seventh out of 757 participants. He also participated in the Compact Excavator Operation competition as well as team events Hardscape Installation, Landscape Plant Installation, and Truck and Trailer Operation. Over the course of the day, he pulled in 404 points for team RCTC.

Jay Gorman contributed 235.5 points for the team, competing in Turf and Week Identification, Irrigation Assembly, Truck and Trailer Operation, and Landscape Plant Installtion.

Another 226 points was added by Tyler Johnson, who participated in Arboriculture Techniques, Hardescape Installation, and Irrigation Assembly.

Morris Douge added 186 points with the Arboriculture Techniques and Tractor Loader Backhoe Operation competitions.

Jason Nelson contributed 75 point by competing in Small Engine Repair and Landscape Plant Install.

The RCTC team placed 44th out of 65 teams.

Please visit the RCTC Horticulture Facebook page to see photos from the event.

Robin Fruth-Dugstad wrote an article about this trip that appeared in the? Post Bulletin on March 20.




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