Thursday, March 24, 2022

Over Spring Break, 11 students traveled to North Carolina State to compete in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC). The National Collegiate Landscape Competition is an annual three-day event which brings together the top landscape and horticulture students, top industry companies and dozens of the biggest industry manufacturers and suppliers. These top industry companies create and judge 31 different events that test students skills and knowledge.

The UMass NCLC Team was made up of students from Landscape Contracting, Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, Landscape Architecture and Horticultural Science and supervised by Michael Davidsohn from LARP and Kristina Bezanson from NRC.

Overall, UMass placed 13th out of 43 Colleges and Universities.

The top scoring three students in each event were recognized Saturday morning.

First Place - 3D Exterior Design - Andrew Reilly (BSLA)

First Place - Hardscape Installation - Amanda Ramsdell & Joseph Contardo (both Landscape Contracting) (received an all-expense paid trip to the National Hardscape competition in Louisville this October to compete against professional contractors).

First Place - Tractor Loader Backhoe - Michael Zeleznik (Landscape Contracting)

Second Place - Arboriculture Techniques - Morgan Parent (Urban Forestry) & Ed Ortiz-Sanabria (Arboriculture)

Second Place - Landscape Maintenance Operations - Nicholas Commarano & Michael Zeleznik (both Landscape Contracting)

The team members were:

Joseph Contardo (Landscape Contracting)

Sean Heino (Landscape Contracting)

Amanda Ransdell (Landscape Contracting)

Michael Zeleznik (Landscape Contracting)

Nicholas Cammarano (Landscape Contracting)

Andrew Reilly (BSLA)

Haruka Kushida (BSLA)

Sydney Hussey (Horticultural Science)

Celina Anctil (Horticultural Science)

Morgan Parent (Urban Forestry)

Ed Ortiz-Sanabria (Arboriculture)