Submitted by Don Crawford, Grounds Resident Regional Manager:
I had the pleasure of accompanying students and faculty from the Texas A&M University Horticulture Department to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) 41st annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), held this year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from March 15-18th. Three student participants have ties to SSC Grounds Management. Two participants are current student employees and one participant was an intern on the TAMU campus this past summer.
The event attracts the top 60 post-secondary horticulture programs in the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 750 students, 200 faculty, and 300 industry leaders attend annually. It was the first time TAMU has participated. The TAMU students did quite well and all had top 10-15 finishes and as a team placed 27th out of 61 (top 50%) despite not participating in 6 events. Brigham Young University took the award home for top school, followed by Michigan State University in second place.
Next year, the 42nd NCLC will be hosted by Alamance Community College in North Carolina from March 14-17, 2018.