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Dordt students earn top honors in national ag competition

March 25, 2013

Eighteen Dordt College students qualified to participate in the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Approximately 750 students competed for their college or university.

Eleven of the eighteen Dordt students took 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in competition in team and individual events.

In team competitions, Dordt College placed 1st in Beef Specialist, 2nd in Swine Specialist, and 3rd in College Bowl competitions. The Beef Specialist team included senior Holly Enerson (1st place individual from Estherville, Iowa), senior Lewis Nighswonger (3rd place individual from Alva, Oklahoma), and sophomore Quinlan Schrock (4th place individual from Wellman, Iowa). The Swine Specialist team included seniors Brian Dieleman (1st place individual from Kent Bridge, Ontario), Drew De Vries (5th place individual from Maurice, Iowa), and Mitchell Byl (8th place individual from Hull, Iowa). The College Bowl team included junior Parker Merritt (Mason City, Iowa), senior Jon Leutchens (Murdock, Nebraska), Enerson, senior Michael Gallagher (Hornick, Iowa), and senior Erin Davelaar (Brandon, South Dakota).

In individual employment interview competitions, five students placed in the top three. Enerson took 1st place in Feeds and Animal Health, Luetchens placed 2nd in Crop Production, Gallagher earned 3rd place in Agribusiness Sales, senior Curtis Van Grouw (Rock Valley, Iowa) took 3rd in Dairy Production, and De Vries took 3rd in Livestock Production.

PAS is one of 10 career and technical student organizations approved by the United States Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education. Their motto is “uniting education and industry in agriculture.”

Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges in North America to offer a four-year agriculture program. Over the past several years, all Dordt agriculture students have found positions within six months of graduating, most much sooner. Graduates enter careers not only in farming and technical service support but also in government, finance, and international development. Learn more at

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