Aggie Class of ‘22 graduates

Aggie Class of ‘22 graduates

Class of 2022 Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture commencement on May 5 at the Curtis Memorial Community Center. (Photo by Staci Blomstedt / NCTA News)
Class of 2022 Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture commencement on May 5 at the Curtis Memorial Community Center. (Photo by Staci Blomstedt / NCTA News)

By NCTA News

The Class of 2022 of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis represented graduates from December and May, said Larry Gossen, NCTA dean.

NCTA has one commencement ceremony each year. On May 5, at the Curtis Community Center, 76 of the 80 graduate candidates participated before a packed gymnasium.

They received diplomas for Associate of Science degrees or Associate of Applied Science degrees in Agribusiness Management Systems (AMS), Agricultural Production Systems (APS) or Veterinary Technology Systems (VTS). 

Options in the APS program included Agricultural Equipment, Agricultural Education, Agronomy Industry Management, Animal Science, Equine Industry Management and Livestock Industry Management.

Eight certificates were awarded for one-year or two-year programs in Irrigation Technology, Equine Training Management, Agricultural Welding, Diversified Agriculture or Agricultural Production. Some graduates had multiple degrees and/or certificates.

Class valedictorian was Rylie Borgerding of Blue Rapids, Kansas, and salutatorian was Olivia Nyberg of Stromsburg. Both were animal science majors who completed their degree programs in December and will be continuing studies to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at a four-year college.

Students who will graduate after courses and internships this summer were invited to walk in the May ceremony but will not receive their diplomas or certificates until program completion.

Ten Aggies graduated Magna Cum Laude** 3.73-3.99 GPA and 11 Aggies earned Cum Laude*of 3.5-3.74 GPA. Graduates are list by town and academic program:

Ag Management Systems (AMS) and/or Ag Production Systems (APS)

Bayard – Gordon Acosta, certificates in Irrigation Technology and APS Beef Production

Bayard - Ryan Liakos, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Beatrice – Alexxandra Malchow**, APS Animal Science

Boelus – Darci Reimers, APS certificate in Equine Training Management

Bridgeport – Luke Lindberg, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Cairo – John Ford*, APS Animal Science

Cedar Rapids – Macy Zentner*, APS Equine Industry Management

Central City – Wyatt Siwinski, APS Agricultural Equipment Management

Danbury – Harley Remington, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Dunning – Brooklyn Leach, APS Equine Industry Management

Firth – Kaden Bryant, APS Agronomy Industry Management

Giltner – Michele Seim, APS Livestock Industry Management

Glenvil - Nicholas Ockinga, APS

Gothenburg - Annie Bassett*, AMS and APS Equine Industry Management

Gothenburg – Peter Peterson, APS certificates in Irrigation Technology and Agricultural Welding

Harrison – Michael Comstock, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Hershey – William Huebner*, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Kearney – Hayden Baker, APS Livestock Industry Management

Kenesaw – Andrew Katzberg, APS Agricultural Equipment Management, certificates in Irrigation Technology and Agricultural Welding

Lincoln – Gavin Hoffman, APS Livestock Industry Management

McCook – Trey Barnhart, APS Diversified Agriculture Management

McCook - Kamren Sitzman, APS Agronomy

Minden - Cheyanne Ellis, APS Livestock Industry Management

Naponee – Ethan Baker**, APS Livestock Industry Management

Nemaha – Austin Youngquist, APS Agricultural Equipment Management, certificates for Irrigation Technology and Agricultural Welding

O’Neill – Wyatt Colman, AMS and APS Livestock Industry Management

Pleasanton – Ryan Busch, AMS and APS Diversified Agriculture Management

Ragan – Sophie Nutter, AMS

Scottsbluff – Logan Fox, APS certificates in Irrigation Technology and Agricultural Welding

Shelton – Nathan Burnett, AMS and APS Agronomy Industry Management

Stromsburg – Olivia Nyberg**, Salutatorian, APS Animal Science 

Superior – Cassidy Frey*, APS Agricultural Education

Sutherland – James Lee**, AMS

Taylor – Grace Strohl, APS Equine Industry Management

Wayne – Meghan Spahr, APS Animal Science and certificates in Agricultural Production and Beef Production

Out of state AMS or APS

Holyoke, Colorado – Taylor Hendrix**, AMS

Oakley, Kansas – Paige Castigliano*, AMS

Anchorage, Alaska – Gillian Brinker**, APS Equine Industry Management and Certificate in Equine Training

Malvern, Iowa – Ahren Marburger, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Belleville, Kansas – Brianna Sjolander**, APS Animal Science

Blue Rapids, Kansas – Rylie Borgerding**, Valedictorian, APS Animal Science

Colby, Kansas – Jadon Siruta, APS Livestock Industry Management

Hill City, Kansas – Greg Conaway, APS Animal Science

Lebanon, Kansas – Ayden Long*, APS Diversified Agricultural Management

Richfield, Kansas – Clayton Runkle, APS Animal Science

Madelia, Minnesota – Emily Grote Mohwinkel, APS Animal Science

Keyes, Oklahoma – Devry Bellomy*, APS Equine Industry Management

Veterinary Technology Systems

Aurora – Elizabeth Stacy, Veterinary Technician

Brady – Renee Assels, Veterinary Technician

Cambridge – Aubri Ross*, Veterinary Technician

Carroll – Taylor French, Veterinary Assistant

Culbertson - Isabelle Beasley, Veterinary Technician

Fullerton – Melody MacDonald, Veterinary Technician

Glenvil – Ashlyn Mohling, Veterinary Technician

Kearney – Sarah Dush*, Veterinary Technician

Lexington – Vanessa Herrera, Veterinary Technician and certificate in APS Diversified Agriculture

Lincoln – Amy Egelhoff**, Veterinary Technician

Lincoln – Asia Sundermann, Veterinary Technician

Malcom – Hailee Lynn, Veterinary Technician

Maxwell – Elizabeth Madsen, Veterinary Technician

North Bend – Hanna Murray**, Veterinary Technician

North Platte – Carli Anderson*, Veterinary Technician

Ogallala – Charli Apple, Veterinary Assistant

Out of State Vet Tech

Colome, S.D. – Haley Krumpus, Veterinary Technician

Wright, Wyoming – Morgan Preston, Veterinary Technician

Part of the University of Nebraska system, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is a two-year institution with a statewide mission of preparing students for successful careers in agriculture, veterinary technology and related industries. NCTA is known for its affordable tuition, high job-placement rate for its graduates, and for the success of student teams in competitive activities including crops judging, ranch horse events, livestock judging, shotgun sports, stock dog trials, and intercollegiate rodeo. The college is consistently ranked as one of the best two-year schools in the nation.

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