Tri-C Places Fourth at National Landscape Competition
Student McKenna Rowles finishes third individually at collegiate contest
A team of students from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) placed first among community colleges and fourth overall at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition held March 14-17 in North Carolina.
The 42nd annual competition attracted more than 60 of the top horticulture and landscape schools in the country. The competition challenges students in 30 individual or group events that require the expertise needed to work in the industry.
McKenna Rowles of Garrettsville led Tri-C by placing third out of nearly 750 students. She finished among the Top 10 in three events — irrigation assembly (first), landscape plant installation (third) and hardscape installation (sixth).
In addition, Ross Clark of Russell Township finished 12th overall for the College while posting Top 10 scores in compact excavator operation (first), truck and trailer operation (fifth) and hardscape installation (sixth).
Three other Tri-C students claimed event championships. Lauren Linden of Rocky River posted the top score in computer-aided landscape design, while James Brewer of Fairview Park placed first in interior plant identification.
Cole Jacobs of Bay Village teamed with Rowles to win irrigation assembly.
Other Tri-C students with Top 10 performances included:
- Nikki Barrett (Cuyahoga Falls) in truck and trailer operation
- Brewer in arboricultural techniques and interior landscape design
- Brenden Dauber (Cleveland) in flower and foliage identification
- Sara Kalenits (Mentor) in employee development and woody ornamental plant identification
- Stacey Lorenz (Willoughby Hills) in interior plant identification and employee development
- Kerry Nickels (Cleveland) in arboricultural techniques, exterior landscape design and wood construction
- Ciara Robinson (Stow) in wood construction
- Frank Vareska (Mentor-on-the-Lake) in landscape plant installation
- Jacobs in landscape plant installation
- Beth Whipple (Mentor) in annual and perennial plant identification
- Tiffany Zody (Parma) in turf and weed identification
The competition at Alamance Community College was organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and is a leading recruitment event for the landscape industry, where there is high demand for skilled workers.
Tri-C has emerged as a powerhouse in the competition in recent years, placing fifth overall in 2017, third in 2016, 10th in 2015 and fifth in 2014.
Tri-C’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology program — based at Eastern Campus in Highland Hills — prepares students for careers in landscape design and construction; garden center or nursery management; and other horticulture fields.
March 19, 2018
John Horton, 216-987-4281 firstname.lastname@example.org