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Dordt ag students receive national recognition

November 14, 2007

StammAdria Stamm (far right) received a scholarship after placing fifth individually in a national FFA competition. Her nursery/landscape team was Reserve National Champion.

Two agriculture majors at Dordt College have received national recognition in recent contests in which they participated. They are Stacie Gorham, a freshman with an animal science emphasis from Coatesville, IN; and Adria Stamm, a sophomore with a plant science emphasis from Washington, KS.

Gorham’s FFA chapter in Indiana won fourth place at a state horse judging contest, which qualified her team for the National Morgan Horse World Show. Gorham and four team members from the high school she attended placed first as a team at nationals, and all five of them placed individually among the top 10 (Gorham placed seventh).

Stamm was part of a Washington County FFA nursery/landscape team that won a state contest to qualify for national competition in October. Her team finished second nationally and was named Reserve National Champion.
Stamm herself placed fifth individually and receiving a $600 scholarship for her efforts.

In the national competition, team participants had to identify over 130 plants, and design a landscape drawing using directions provided by a client. Students were also tested on the propagation of nursery stock for hardwood cuttings; using mathematical calculations to determine material needs and production estimates; troubleshooting and diagnosing problems such as maintenance, insect and disease control; and determining costs of production and merchandise pricing.

The Washington County group posted the highest team event score in the nation for 2007, and had the highest placing in the nursery/landscape competition by a Kansas team in nearly 20 years.

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