Seven Highland College Students Win Awards

FREEPORT — Highland Community College agriculture students competed at the Illinois Post-Secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) Fall Conference on Friday, Oct. 23, in Bloomington. Seven students won in four categories.

Michaela White earned first place in the Ag Sales Presentation Award Area; Danielle Hinshaw won first place in the Floriculture Employment Interview Area and Ryan Nadig took first place honors in the Ag Equipment Service Employment Interview Area. Finishing in second place was Ben Patterson in the Fertilizer/Chemical Employment Interview Area. Each of these students are now eligible to compete in the National PAS Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on March 15-18, 2016.

State Bank, Freeport sponsors student participation in the PAS activities. Funds from their generous sponsorship were used to purchase material in preparation for competition as well as expenses to register and travel to the conference. The next Illinois PAS Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

The mission of the PAS Organization is to provide opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation by “Uniting Education and Industry in Agriculture.”

The Following students that participated in their respective areas:

  • Michaela White (Pecatonica) – AG Sales Presentation & AG Sales Employment Interview
  • Danielle Hinshaw (Byron) – Floriculture Specialist Team & Floriculture Employment Interview
  • Heidi Smith (Sycamore) – Floriculture Specialist Team & AG Business Administration Employment Interview
  • Ben Patterson (Lanark) – Crop Specialist Team & Fertilizer/Chemical Employment Interview
  • Ryan Nadig (Stockton) – Crop Specialist Team & AG Equipment Service Employment Interview
  • Marshall Fink (Lanark) – Crop Specialist Team
  • Emily Hanlin (Byron) – AG Education Employment Interview

For more information about the Highland Community College Agriculture Department call 815.599.3507 or e-mail


Ag.Fall.1: (Left to right): Justin Ebert, Michaela White, Danielle Hinshaw, Heidi Smith, Ben Patterson, Ryan Nadig, Marshall Fink, Emily Hanlin

Ag.Fall.2: (Left to right): Michaela White, Danielle Hinshaw, Ben Patterson, Ryan Nadig

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