NCTC Ag students attend TJCAA convention

by Darin Allred | Apr 09, 2013 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - Four North Central Texas College agriculture students recently attended the Texas Junior College Agriculture Association convention at Texas A&M University at Kingsville.

Students at the convention competed in quiz contests in Animal Science, Agriculture Economics, Agronomy, Wildlife, Agriculture Mechanics and Entomology.

NCTC won first place in three of the six contests.

Aaron Fleitman of Era placed first in Agriculture Economics, first in Agronomy and third in Animal Science. Madison Perkins of Callisburg placed first in Animal Science.

Also attending the convention were Kelsey Cooley of Whitesboro and Trent Harris of Krum, along with NCTC Agriculture Department chairman Steve Keith.

The quizzes were 50 questions each and tested the students on an array or topics.

"The Animal Science quiz was over a variety of different species like horses, chickens, cattle and lambs," Perkins said. "It also went into dairy production, egg production, beef production and different types of diseases and vaccinations for those. Ag Economics was basically how to put together different charts and track your income and your losses and figure out what you needed to do to maximize those."

The convention also gave the students a chance to meet others interested in agriculture from junior colleges across the state including Tyler Junior College, Blinn College and McLennan Community College among others.

"One of the guys we became friends with was actually the president of the organization," Cooley said. "He is from Tyler Junior College. We all kind of mingled and got to know each other. It was a lot of fun."

Keith, who accompanied the students on the trip, says attending a convention like this is helpful in many ways.

"It's beneficial for our students because they learn about networking," he said. "They get to meet other students from similar institutions. It's a great opportunity for them to build their resume and show they are actively involved and like to serve as an ambassador for their programs. It will be beneficial for them as they apply for admission into a senior college or apply for scholarships.

"It's important for us from a curriculum standpoint to see how our students compare to students at other institutions on these introductory level courses academically," he added. "So it's important for us as an institution and the students' development into young professionals."

During the three-day trip, the NCTC group also took some sightseeing excursions including a private tour of the King Ranch, the Deer Research Center at Texas A&M-Kingsville and some other interesting places.

"We got to visit the old jail in Gonzales and were able to visit the beach and ride the ferry across and we even saw some dolphins," Cooley said.

For more information on the Agriculture program at North Central Texas College, call their office at 940-668-4217 or visit their webpage at