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Oregon resident on Kansas State University Crops team that captured national championship

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 3:47 p.m. CDT
Members of the Kansas State University 2012 Collegiate Crops Team pictured left to right are: Kevin Donnelly (Coach), Hannah Christen, Michael Welch, Jessie Zimmerman, Neal Kaiser, Jeri Sigle, and Andrew Scherrer. Photo supplied

An Oregon resident is a member the Kansas State University Crops Team that recently captured the title of national champion for the fourth year in a row.

Hannah Christen, a senior at K-State, Manhattan, Kans., is an agronomy major.

K-State teams have now won the crops contest championship in 11 of the past 14 years.

To win the 2012 national title, the team won both the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Chicago CME Group Collegiate Crops Contests that took place on Nov. 13 and 17, respectively.

In the contests, participants are required to identify 200 different plant or seed samples of crops and weeds; grade eight different grain samples, according to Federal Grain Inspection Service standards; and analyze ten seed samples to determine what contaminants they contain.

K-State placed first at both contests in the plant and seed identification and grain grading components of the competition, and second in the seed analysis component.

Individually, all K-State team members placed in the top five in all components of both contests. Students competing in both contests included Christen, Andrew Scherrer, Matheson, Colorado.; Neal Kaiser, Lehigh, Kansas.; Michael Welch, Haddam, Kansas.; and Jessie Zimmerman, Alta Vista, Kansas. Also competing as an alternate in Kansas City was Jeri Sigle, Council Grove, Kansas.

Christen was the fourth high individual in Chicago, placing first in seed analysis, third in identification and fourth in grain grading.

For its performance, K-State received a team scholarship award from contest sponsors at Kansas City. CME Group provided individual scholarships to the top five students at Chicago.

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