The National Agriculture Honor Society of Delta Tau Alpha traveled to Warrensburg, Mo for the National DTA Convention in April and came back as 2nd place quiz bowl champions and with the new National DTA President, Casteel Kirk, in tow.
Kirk was first nominated for the position by the Missouri State DTA chapter. At the National Convention following an application and interview process, Kirk was slated as National President. Competing with representatives from numerous Universities, Kirk was awarded the prestigious position by a majority vote. “This position means that I get to network with other individuals in agriculture that place a high value on academics. I am excited about the opportunity to serve as National President for an organization that is truly ‘Dedicated to Agriculture!'”, said Kirk of her recent election.
In addition, the MSU DTA quiz bowl team comprised of Cheyenne Shipps, Shana Austin and Kirk, competed in knowledge areas including agricultural business, plant and soils science and animal science. The team placed second overall, losing only to Arkansas State University.
The Honor Society of Delta Tau Alpha was founded in 1960, after a proposal by Professor John D. Schatz from Southwest Missouri State College. The purpose of DTA is to recognize high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character among agricultural students.