MSU NAMA Chapter brings home more awards

The Michigan State University (MSU) Student National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team brought home impressive hardware from the 2013 NAMA Convention, held earlier this month.

April 29, 2013

MSU's NAMA Chapter wins big this year

The Michigan State University (MSU) Student National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team brought home impressive hardware from the 2013 NAMA Convention, held earlier this month.

 For the second consecutive year, the MSU team was awarded the third place Outstanding Student Chapter Award. The team also earned the fourth place John Deere Signature Award. Both awards are based on the student chapter’s excellence and its ability to promote and encourage student opportunities for increased business knowledge, academic excellence, leadership development and community citizenship.

 In addition to these achievements, the Spartans continued their strong tradition of reaching the finals of the Student Marketing Competition. Thirteen MSU team members traveled to Kansas City to bring home a fifth-place finish in the marketing competition. The Spartans have reached the finals in three of the past four years.

 Members of MSU’s Presentation and Marketing Support Team who competed in this year's contest are: Sarah Michalek, a junior agribusiness management major from Deckerville, Mich.; Beth Wernette, a senior animal science and agribusiness management major from Remus, Mich.; Addie Spolyar, a sophomore crop and soil sciences major from Jonesville, Mich.; Charles Loveland, a junior agribusiness management major from Grass Lake, Mich.; Richard Southward, a freshman agribusiness management major from Ravenna, Mich.; Tyler Hoopes, a senior agribusiness management major from Portage, Mich.; and Ronni Brown, a senior animal science major from Bear Lake, Mich. 

Other MSU Student NAMA team members who made the trip and played critical roles in developing the marketing plan and the team’s success are: David Houghtaling, senior agribusiness management major from Reese, Mich.; Elizabeth Wittenbach, freshman agribusiness management major from Belding, Mich.; Amanda Flegal, senior food industry management major from Bath, Mich.; Andrew Martin, senior agribusiness management major from Grand Haven, Mich.; and Cori Bennett and Candi Bennett, junior human biology majors from Macomb, Mich. 

The group’s MSU faculty adviser, Laura Cheney, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, and the two professional advisers,  Stephanie Lelo, of Wilbur-Ellis, and Melissa Rogers, of Greenstone Farm Credit Services, worked closely with the group to prepare for the competition.  The MSU NAMA group was supported by Archer Daniels Midland Company, Michigan Farm Bureau, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association and Greenstone Farm Credit Services.

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