After a month of waiting for the official final results from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America Student Career Days competition, it was announced that Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, finished in first place. This is the team's 12th win in the past 14 years and the fifth win in a row.
It was originally announced that Cal Poly Pomona finished first, but the official results show that Cal Poly Pomona finished in second place. Ricks College in Idaho finished third, with North Carolina State taking fourth, and Colorado State fifth. The competition was held at Mississippi State University in April.
The 2000 Cal Poly team had 11 environmental horticultural science students. They are senior Bryan Ashby of Napa who took second place "superstar"; sophomore Megan Barnes, Arcata; senior Damon Cockerham, San Luis Obispo; senior Mike Jacot, North Hills; sophomore Erik Jones, Watsonville; and sophomore Lorna Kreutz, Fallbrook.
Additional team members are seniors Jennifer March, San Luis Obispo; Eric Martin, Los Osos; Carrie McDonnell, Bonsall; Chris Rhoades, Wrightwood; and Jessie Taintor, Madera.
"I'm very proud of our students for all of their hard work," said Stephen Angley, one of the coaches and an environmental horticultural science professor. "Because of the scoring mistakes, they were not able to receive the recognition they deserved at the awards presentation in Mississippi, but that in no way diminishes their accomplishment."
The other coaches of the team are Environmental Horticultural Science professors Mike Zohns and Dan Lassanske.
Forty-six schools with more than 650 students competed. Ninety-four companies participated in the Career Days activities which drew more than 1,100 attendees.
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