FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
STUDENTS COMPETE AT 36TH ANNUAL PLANET STUDENT CAREER DAYS
HERNDON, Va., March 28, 2012 — Many of the country’s best and brightest green industry students gathered at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, March 22–24, 2012, to compete in the 36th annual Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days (SCD).
Sixty-three college teams, including two FFA high-school teams (a total of 817 students) participated in 28 individual and team competitions. Tree climbing, hardscape installation, wood construction, plant identification, sales presentation, exterior/interior design, irrigation troubleshooting, skid steer, 3D exterior landscape design, personnel management, and small engine repair were just a few of the events.
“I came away from this event with such excitement for the future of our industry. These students are some of the best in the country and knowing they will be part of the green industry gives me confidence that our industry will become stronger with these future leaders,” said PLANET Student Career Days Subcommittee Chair Brett Lemcke, Landscape Industry Certified Manager. “The energy was high and you couldn’t have asked for a better campus to host this event. Thank you Kansas State University.”
Awards were given to individual winners, called “Superstars,” as well as to winning teams. The individual winners were, in first place, Keith Loggins of Chattahoochee Technical College (Marietta, Georgia); in second place, Andy Klittich of Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, California); and in third place, Jeremiah Wheeler of Shasta College (Redding, California).
Brigham Young University - Idaho took first place in the overall competitive event, followed by Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in second place, and Brigham Young University – Provo in third.
Aside from bragging rights, some students also received scholarships and award money at a special PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) reception, sponsored by STIHL Inc. This year, PLANET AEF gave $70,400 in scholarships and awards. Students also took advantage of the opportunity to meet and interview with 57 green industry companies for full-time positions and internships at the on-site Career Fair.
PLANET thanks event sponsors STIHL Inc., at the Platinum level; JOHN DEERE at the Gold level; Caterpillar, Gravely - an Ariens Company Brand, and New Holland Construction at the Silver level; and BRICKMAN, Husqvarna, Pavestone, and Oldcastle at the Bronze level.
For a complete list of winners, including the winners of each individual event, please visit the web at StudentCareerDays.org.
For photos, contact Lisa Schaumann or call 800-395-2522.
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,800 members, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.