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Cloud County Comm. College Wins 2nd at Kansas Ag Contest

(Manhattan, KS) – Cloud County Community College Crops Judging team took second place at the annual Kansas Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (KACTA) contest Friday, March 26, The contests was hosted by Kansas State University (KSU). The CCCC team placed behind KSU’s team as there were no two-year and four-year divisions.

Individually, CCCC students did well. Levi Larkins, sophomore from Wamego, Kan., placed as the fifth high individual. Scott Henry, sophomore from Goff, Kan., placed eleventh overall while Cameron Alderfer, freshman from Centralia, Kan., placed fifteenth. Will Laffery of Clay Center, KS also participated as part of the CCCC “A” team.

CCCC “B” team members included Brandon Schmitz and Brandon Macke of Baileyville, Kan., Riley Richling of Horton, Kan., and Cody Hauschel of Waukee, Iowa.

Both of these crop judging teams will compete at the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in El Reno, Okla., April 16-17.

The crop judging contest consists of a general agronomic knowledge exam, an agronomic math exam, a plant and seed identification portion and a lab practical section consisting of agronomic diseases, insects and machinery.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.