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Ohio State Students Successful at National Critique And Contest

The Ohio State University chapter of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) participated in the 2019 National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (NACT) Critique & Contest. An award ceremony was held during the Ag Media Summit in Minneapolis, July 29-30, 2019.

"Ohio State ACT was happy to encourage more participation in NACT Critique and Contest last year. We plan to continue to motivate members to enter this coming year, and give them opportunities at club meetings to submit,” said Marlee Stollar, Ohio State ACT club president. “Our club has already secured more speakers at meetings this year and is looking forward to increasing professional development for members. We are proud of our club members for their work last year in the contest but are also excited for the year to come."

Collegiate ACT members from across the country submitted articles, photography and design pieces to the contest. Ohio State’s winning submissions include:

Writing Division:
Long Feature Story: Sydney Snider, “Putting the ‘Culture’ in Agriculture,” first place

Electronic Media Division:
Radio Package: Kolt Buchenroth, “Buchenroth-Radio Broadcast,” first place
Electronic Media Award of Excellence: Kolt Buchenroth, The Ohio State University “Buchenroth - Radio Broadcast”

Animal Photo: Kolt Buchenroth, “Calf on a Hill,” second place

Publication Division:
Brochure/Pamphlet: Marlee Stollar, “Celebration of Students Memories and Moments Book,” first place
eNewsletter: Marlee Stollar, “ACT’s Fall Alumni Newsletter,” first place
Publication Award of Excellence: Marlee Stollar, “Celebration of Students Memories and Moments Book”

In addition to participating in the NACT Critique & Contest, Ohio State ACT host several events throughout the academic year to promote the agriculture industry and develop members’ skills. The club hosts Farmer’s Share, an event held at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory to educate Ohio State students, faculty and staff about the agriculture industry. A Night for Young Professionals is also organized by Ohio State, an event that allows students to network with industry leaders and grow their professional skills.

Many ACT students study agricultural communication or have an interest in promoting the agriculture industry. The agricultural communication major prepares students to plan, develop, and implement a communication campaign, using visual media, writing and editing. Students also study crisis communication, graphic design, marketing, and journalism so they can spread the word about agriculture. To learn more about the agricultural communication major, visit or call 614-247-6358.

Contact: Emily Wickham
(614) 247-6358