(Acworth, Ga. – March 11, 2013) More than 20 Chattahoochee Technical College horticulture students, instructors and staff members celebrated Sunday at Auburn University as it was announced that the team had placed fifth in the annual competition portion of PLANET Student Career Days behind first place finishers Brigham Young University – Idaho. Chattahoochee Technical College was the only Georgia college or university to crack the top five this year and the highest finishing two year college of the event.
This marked the 21st year that the college’s team has finished in the top ten in the nation, including a first place finish overall in 2008 and 2010. Led by horticulture instructors John Hatfield and Bejie Herrin, the team competed against 854 students from 72 two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Comprised of students from both Horticulture and Environmental Technology, the CTC team maintained its spot in the top five again this year.
Chattahoochee Technical College’s team scored a combined 4050.54 points, about two points ahead of sixth place finishers, Colorado State University. Along with the school’s fifth place award, the team had 15 individual and small team finish in the top ten, including six top three finishers in individual and group events. The school’s top finisher among individual competition was Harry Allen of Acworth, who came in 18th out of 854 competitors.