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Nine Students Pass State Agriculture Department’s Pesticide Exam

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification test administered Nov. 24.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative Jason Kehoe presided over the examination, which allows licensees to become applicators in one or more of 26 categories that cover a range of pest-control situations.

“This gives the students an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competition,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. “Even if they don’t do any spraying, they are a much more informed employee for having taken and passed this test.”

Five of the students passed the commercial or public applicator exam in Category 6 (ornamentals and shade trees): Wyatt C. Forest, of Trout Run; Jared C. Hartman, of Mount Wolf; Hunter C. Johnsonbaugh, of Bellefonte; Jeremy B. Russell, of Millerstown; and Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton. Forest also passed the Category 7 test for lawn and turf.

Certified as private applicators, a category governing agriculture-related spraying on privately held land, were Faye E. Bonawitz-Carlson, of Selinsgrove; Daniel F. Clark, of Royersford; Kyle N. Johnson, of Liverpool; and Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy.

Bonawitz-Carlson and Schmidt are enrolled in the landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major; the other seven are landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis students.

For more about the college’s landscape/horticulture technology major, call 570-327-4516.

For information about Penn College, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.