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MATC Students Fare Well at National Tree Care Industry Competition

Thirteen students, two instructors and an industry sponsor/coach from MATC’s Landscape Horticulture associate degree program attended the 2012 Tree Care Industry Association Expo and Student Career Days in Baltimore, Md., in November. Eight MATC students participated in competitive events against students from 17 other two- and four-year colleges from across the U.S.

MATC students claimed the Women’s National Collegiate Championship as a result of their first place finish in the women’s division. MATC also registered first-place finishes in arboriculture knowledge, the women’s belayed scramble and the women’s work climb competitions.

MATC competition results include:

Overall Collegiate Women Champion
1st Place: Ellen Stollenwerk

Overall Collegiate Men Winners
4th Place – Jake McCutcheon
5th Place – Ryan Aolor
6th Place – Dalton Larson

Collegiate Knowledge Exam
1st Place – Benjamin Maurer
4th Place – Dalton Larson

Work Climb Women’s Division
1st Place - Ellen Stollenwerk

Work Climb Men’s Division
5th Place – Ryan Schlink

Belayed Scramble Men’s Division
4th Place – Ryan Alolor
5th Place – Jake McCutcheon
6th Place – Dalton Larson

Throwline Women’s Division
2nd Place – Britney Lemke (tie)

Throwline Men’s Division
1st Place – Dalton Larson, Ryan Schlink, Jake McCutcheon (tied, all perfect scores)

Safety Gear Check Exam
2nd Place – Benjamin Maurer (tie)

Financial support for travel and hotels was provided by Buckley Tree Service, Wachtel Tree Service, Hoppe Tree Service, American Tree Experts and the MATC Horticulture Club. MATC graduate Andrew Fedor of Gollnick Tree Service volunteered as a mentor and coach for the team.

This was the 15th Tree Care Industry Expo attended by Mike Wendt, MATC landscape horticulture instructor, and MATC student competitors. Wendt said, “I am proud of the enthusiastic efforts put in by our students as they participated in competitions, educational sessions and the trade show. They represented our college very well by being outgoing and acting in a professional manner. Many professionals commented to me on how impressed they are with our students.”

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