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LTC students Alex Diersen, Kelsie Bramstedt, Brenden Wenzel and Trey Hafkey (seated) receive feedback from their assigned mentor (standing) during the Midwest Regional Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Competition.

FORT WAYNE, IND. - Teams from Lakeshore Technical College's Professional Agricultural Student organization placed third and fifth at the 18th annual Midwest Regional Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Competition held in Fort Wayne, Indiana Feb. 16-18.

“It is satisfying to see our students succeed in this highly-competitive, ‘deep dive’ type learning experience,” said LTC Dairy/Agribusiness Instructor Craig Lallensack. “When we get back to campus, we see our students thrive with a fuller understanding of their program areas.”

The LTC teams were two of 23 from both two and four-year colleges that competed in the challenge. The competition was co-hosted by Purdue University, Michigan State University and Ohio State University.

LTC students on the third-place team include Lily Charapata, Elizabeth Benicke, Zoe Ertel and Kaylee Pingel. Competing on LTC's fifth-place team were Kelsie Bramstedt, Brendan Wenzel, Alex Diersen and Trey Hafkey.

In the challenge, students work as teams to look for trends within a farm operation. Local farms provide them with a variety of records, and mentors guide the students through the process. Teams then present their findings to a panel of judges.

     

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