March 22, 2013
Seven agriculture students from North Central Missouri College in Trenton participated in the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization Conference held March 18 through 21 in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 700 agriculture students competed in Career Program Areas, participated in leadership workshops, and toured Louisville attractions. The NCMC delegation visited Churchill Downs, the Mohammad Ali Center and the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park.
Local students who attended the conference were Lane Aldrich (Excelsior Springs); Shelby Chaney (Trenton); Garrett Everett and Aaron Ostrander (Gower); Cara Fordyce (Hamilton); Garrett Hill (Bethany); and Madeline Neill (Shelbyville). They were accompanied by NCMC Agriculture and Natural Resources Instructor David Nowland as well as NCMC graduates Clinton Fenimore, Taylor Lynch and Michael Slater. Fenimore and Taylor Lynch completed their terms as National PAS Secretary and President-elect at this conference, and Ms. Lynch will serve as the PAS President for the 2013-14 year.
Those earning recognition as national finalists in Career Program Areas were Lane Aldrich (first place in Career Planning – Plant Systems); Aaron Ostrander (third place in Career Planning – Agribusiness Management); Cara Fordyce (second place in Career Progress – Retail Agribusiness Systems and second place in Employment Interview – Agribusiness Administration); and Shelby Chaney (first place in Employment Interview – Livestock Production). Former NCMC student Michael Slater of Trenton earned first place in Career Progress – Agricultural Education Systems and third place in Employment Interview – Agriculture Education. He is now a student at NWMSU in Maryville.
The National PAS Organization was founded in 1980 in Kansas City. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. North Central Missouri College is a charter member of both the Missouri and National PAS organizations.
North Central Missouri College offers Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts transfer degrees which emphasize Agriculture, Natural Resources and Equine Management.
Front row from left, Cara Fordyce, Shelby Chaney, Madeline Neill.
Back row from left, Lane Aldrich, Aaron Ostrander, Garrett Hill, and Garrett Everett.
From left, Shelby Chaney, Cara Fordyce, Aaron Ostrander, Michael Slater, and Lane Aldrich.