A team of 11 UMass students traveled to North Carolina State University to compete in the 2022 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC).

Hosted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the annual 3-day event brings together top students in landscaping and horticulture, along with top industry companies and dozens of the biggest industry manufacturers and suppliers.  Top stewards of the field serve as judges for more than 30 skills-based and knowledge-based competitive events.

Our UMass NCLC Team of 11 students placed in the top third of 43 competing college and university teams.

The team was coached by Michael Davidsohn and Kristina Bezanson, (coordinators for our Stockbridge Landscape Contracting, and Arboriculture associate degree programs, respectively).

Our yearly successes at the NCLC demonstrate the benefits of our hands-on approach to education.  Our students learn by doing... and they win by doing.  

We thank the champions of our alumni community for the funding that enables Stockbridge students to prove themselves against national competitors.

7 of our 11 students were recognized as top scorers in their events:

Andrew Reilly; 1st Place; Computer-Aided Landscape Design

Amanda Ramsdell & Joseph Contardo; 1st Place; Hardscape Installation

Michael Zeleznick; 1st Place; Tractor Loader Backhoe Operation

Morgan Parent & Ed Ortiz-Sanabria; 2nd Place; Arboriculture Techniques

Nicholas Cammarano and Michael Zeleznik; 2nd Place; Landscape Maintenance Operations


The UMass 2022 NCLC Team:

Ed Ortiz-Sanabra; Arboriculture and Community Forest Management

Celina Anctil; Horticultural Science

Sydney Hussey; Horticultural Science

Nicholas Cammarano; Landscape Contracting

Joseph Contardo; Landscape Contracting

Sean Heino; Landscape Contracting

Amanda Ransdell; Landscape Contracting

Michael Zeleznik; Landscape Contracting

Haruka Kushida; Landscape Architecture

Andrew Reilly; Landscape Architecture

Morgan Parent; Urban Forestry