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GCCC Meats Judging team takes first place at NACTA contest

GCCC Meats judging team with award

The 2014 Meats Judging team at Garden City Community College repeated as champions and reserve champions at the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture contest at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri April 10-12.

The NACTA contest takes place each spring at a designated host institution in the United States and provides students the opportunity to compete in various skill and knowledge-based events. More than 40 two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the country attended this year’s conference.

The Broncbusters were represented by two teams of agriculture students and competed against six other community colleges in the meats judging division. GCCC students competing for Team #1 included Stanley Palma, East St. Louis, Mo., Skyler Glenn, Holcomb, Alan Caro, Satanta, and Katie Blankenship, Satanta. Team #2 consisted of McKenzie Hatch, Kersey, Colo., Casey Henderson, Satanta, Caitlyn Souza, Gustine, Ca., and Alex Trujillo, Garden City.

“The contest was a challenging contest but these students handled the pressure extremely well,” said Dr. Clint Alexander, meats team coach and instructor in animal and food science. “I was proud of the students for keeping their cool and still coming out on top.”

This is the second consecutive year the team has placed first and second overall at the contest. This year they also took first and second in Retail Identification and second and third in the Placings/Questions segments. Seven GCCC students placed among the top 10 individuals overall in their contests.

Standings for High Individual Overall include Palma, first; Hatch, second; Blankenship, third; Glenn, sixth; Caro, seventh; Henderson, eighth; Souza, 10th; and Trujillo, 20th.

Individual standings for the Placings/Questions segment include Palma, first; and Glenn, fourth.

Individual standings for Retail Identification include Blankenship, first; Caro, third; Hatch, fourth; Palma, sixth; Henderson, seventh; and Glenn, eighth.

The team also competed in two other competition categories including Quiz Bowl and Livestock Management where they finished seventh. “They were eliminated in the third round of the Quiz Bowl but did a great job in GCCC’s first year attempting this contest,” added Alexander.