NGTC Students Win At PLANET Competition

A Clarkesville student at North Georgia Technical College finishes first in an international competition.

John Mather finished first in Woody Plant Identification at the 37th annual PLANET Student Career Days competition held recently at Auburn University.

The PLANET Student Career Days is an annual three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country and internationally. The North Georgia Technical College team competed against both two year and four year colleges and major universities like Brigham Young University, Chattahoochee Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Auburn, North Carolina State, The University of Georgia, Michigan State, Clemson and Mississippi State, among others.

Five students from Stephens County were among those that traveled to the PLANET competition. Kemberely Scott placed 13th with teammate Tracy Holloway in Personnel Management and she also competed in Business Management with teammate Jessica Smith. Tyler Spence placed 18th with teammate Christian Delugach in Landscape Maintenance Operations and also competed in Irrigation Assembly with Nathan Thieme and Turf and Weed Identification. John Payne competed in Arboriculture Techniques with teammate Katelynn Waddell and in Cost Estimating with teammate Joseph Schultz. Schultz also competed in Wood Construction with teammate Cameron Mason.

North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton said the school is proud to see such impressive student success in a highly competitive, national event, adding that these students were highly skilled and thoroughly prepared by outstanding faculty.