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Student Career Days results

The 18th Annual Tree Care Industry Association Foundation Student Career Days (SCDwrapped up another successful competition this year in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Connecticut. The three-day event, November 13 – 15, offered students enrolled in arboriculture, forestry and related programs an inside look at the field they’re studying.

“Student Career Days is a unique career development opportunity for aspiring tree care professionals,” said Peter Gerstenberger, Senior Advisor for Safety, Standards and Compliance with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “Nowhere else will you find such a high concentration of arboriculture students devoted to learning, competing and investing in their career.”

Held in conjunction with TCI EXPO, the world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference, SCD had a record attendance this year, with 352 students and instructors from 28 programs descending on Hartford. The students took full advantage of the opportunity to test their knowledge and participate in a variety of skills competitions, including tree climbing skills competitions and written exams.

Students also competed in a belayed scramble, a throwline toss, safety gear check and a work climb in the trees of Bushnell Park. Students worked to gain as many points as possible in the least amount of time, and to demonstrate knowledge of their field.

Below are the top finishers in each event: 

Overall Vocational Division:

  1. Vocational Division Harold Colon, Northlands (159)
  2. Vocational Division Matt Habershaw, Bristol Aggie (158)
  3. Vocational Division Sam Schunk, PNW BOCES (152)

Overall Collegiate Men’s Division:

  1. Collegiate Men’s Division Casey Johnson, Purdue (202
  2. Collegiate Men’s Division Phil Kocha, Mid-State Tech (197
  3. Collegiate Men’s Division Kyle Krolicki, MATC (193)

Overall Collegiate Women’s Division:

  1. Collegiate Women’s Division Nicolette Eicholtz, UMass (165
  2. Collegiate Women’s Division Isabel Harger, Warren Wilson (149
  3. Collegiate Women’s Division Sierra Darnell, University of Tennessee (148)

Below are the individual event first place finishers:
 Work Climb 

  • Vocational Division: Matt Habershaw, Bristol Aggie (78.5)
  • Collegiate Women’s Division: Nicolette Eicholtz, UMass (83.5)
  • Collegiate Men’s Division: Casey Johnson, Purdue (98.5)

Throw Line

  • Vocational Division: Zachary Medeiros, Bristol Aggie (20)
  • Collegiate Women’s Division:
  • Sierra Darnell, University of Tennessee (12)
  • Samantha Michaud, Bristol Aggie (12)
  • Elizabeth Metzler, Warren Wilson (12)
  • Collegiate Men’s Division Casey Johnson, Purdue (20)

Belayed Scramble

  • Vocational Division Harold Colon, Northlands (20)
  • Collegiate Women’s Division Beryl Shepley, Warren Wilson (20)
  • Collegiate Men’s Division Casey Johnson, Purdue (20)

Safety Gear Check

  • Vocational Division Sam Schunk, PNW BOCES (17)
  • Collegiate Women’s Division Nicolette Eicholtz, UMass (17)
  • Collegiate Men’s Division Robert Golden, UMass (19)

Written Exam

  • Vocational Division Zachary Medeiros, Bristol Aggie (54)
  • Collegiate Women’s Division Tahani Lyman, MATC (59)
  • Collegiate Men’s Division Brodi Kelley, BYU-Utah (64)

 

Student Career Days also hosts a Job & Internship Fair during TCI EXPO, with some of the biggest names in tree care. SCD 2014 sponsors include STIHL, Bartlett Tree Experts, Davey Tree, Vermeer, SavATree, Bandit Industries Inc., and the International Society of Arboriculture.

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