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The top landscape and horticulture student in the country attends Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).

Tri-C has emerged as a powerhouse in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Colorado State University this past March. They have been ranked as the #1 Two-Year school in the nation for the past 5 years and #3 overall.
Frank Vareska (Mentor, Ohio) won the 2019 National Collegiate Landscape Competition, finishing with the leading score among nearly 800 competitors. He becomes the second Tri-C student to win the competition, following Hayden Angelotta in 2014.

The annual competition challenges students in 29 individual or group events that require the expertise needed to work in the industry. It is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Tri-C has emerged as a powerhouse in the competition, with a handful of Top 5 finishes in the past six years. This year’s placing matched the 2016 effort for the College’s top ranking.
Another member of the College’s team, Drew Krueger of Dayton, finished sixth overall with strong showings in five events. He teamed with Jake Barber (Chester Township) to win the hardscape installation challenge.
Tri-C claimed two other event championships. Lauren Linden of Rocky River posted the top score in computer-aided landscape design for the second consecutive year, while Cole Jacobs (Bay Village) and JC Mazzurco (Chester Township) placed first in irrigation assembly.

Other Top 5 performances by Tri-C students individually or with a teammate included:

• Barber in arboriculture techniques and compact excavator operation. He finished 21st overall, too.
• James Brewer (Fairview Park) in arboriculture techniques
• Brady Dauber (Cleveland) in landscape plant installation
• Amanda Gainer (Columbia Station) in annual and perennial identification.
• Jacobs in landscape plant installation
• Stacey Lorenz (Willoughby Hills) in interior plant identification and irrigation troubleshooting
• Mazzurco in landscape maintenance operations
• Juliana Protz (Cuyahoga Falls) in 3D exterior landscape design.
• Troy Ransom (Lyndhurst) in small engine repair
• Megan Schafer (Lakemore) in irrigation troubleshooting
• Beth Whipple (Mentor) in annual and perennial identification.
Tri-C’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology program — based at Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, OH— preparing students for careers in landscape design and construction; garden center & nursery management; and other horticulture fields.

March 25, 2019 John Horton, 216-987-4281

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