Smock places first at competition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lake Land College agriculture students recently attended the conference and competition of the National Professional Agriculture Student Organization (PAS) in Louisville, Kentucky the week of March 12.

Six-hundred students representing agricultural colleges in 18 states from across the country competed in various areas of agriculture specialization. After winning at the Illinois PAS conferences in their respective areas, the following students went on to compete at the National PAS conference. Illinois PAS Organization is part of a nationwide PAS group known as a career and technical agriculture student organization, for the promotion of skills, leadership and education in agriculture.

Micah Smock, of Jackson Center, received two first place finishes in swine specialist. He won as a individual and as a team member. Other members on the team were Brandon Stickler, Pleasant Plains, Illinois, and Maddie Fugate, Mahomet, Illinois.

The Lake Land College Agriculture Division offers 12 majors that prepare students to enter the workforce or prepare to transfer to a four-year college. The college is located in Mattoon, Illinois. For more information visit