Programs in real estate and CSES build their academic homes on strong showings at national competitions

Two Virginia Tech teams wrap up 2014 with strong showings at national competitions. The Crop Judging Team (left to right) Robert Longest, Professor Ozzie Abaye, Evan Harver, Jenna Swanson, and Patrick Ransom.

Two Virginia Tech teams wrap up 2014 with strong showings at national competitions. The Crop Judging Team (left to right) Robert Longest, Professor Ozzie Abaye, Evan Harver, Jenna Swanson, and Patrick Ransom.

As academics go, two successes last semester by the teams in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate couldn’t illustrate the wide-ranging nature of majors available to students in the college any better.

The 2014 Crop Judging Team did well at the National Crops Judging Contests held in Kansas City and Chicago. The team came in third place in seed analysis for purity, commercial grain grading, and plant and seed identification and also won third place overall. Team members were all seniors majoring in crop and soil sciences: Robert Longest of Hanover County, Virginia; Evan Harver of Richmond, Virginia; Jenna Swanson of Shenandoah, Virginia; and Patrick Ransom of Mt. Airy, Maryland.

The Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate Team (right, left to right) Cody Owens, Chris Lomaka, Jack Senske, and Amy Cohen.

The Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate Team (left to right) Cody Owens, Chris Lomaka, Jack Senske, and Amy Cohen.

Meanwhile, a team of students from the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate competed in the Meritage Homes Residential Real Estate Challenge held at the University of Arizona and captured the No. 1 spot. The program is headed up by Kevin Boyle, professor of agricultural and applied economics.

The $5,000 prize will be shared among team members Amy Cohen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a senior double majoring in real estate and finance; Christopher Lomaka of Henrico, Virginia, a junior double majoring in real estate and building construction; Cody Owens of Abingdon, Virginia, a senior majoring in real estate; and Jack Senske of Long Beach, California, a senior double majoring in real estate and property management.

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