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Marco Crosland of BYU Was the Top Placing Student

Fairfax, Va., (Mar. 20, 2018) Brigham Young University is the winner of the National Collegiate Landscape Competition which is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

The event, held March 14-17 at Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina, included more than 770 students from 61 college teams and two FFA high school teams, who participated in 30 individual and team competitions. Tree climbing, hardscape installation, wood construction, plant identification, sales presentation, exterior/interior design, irrigation troubleshooting, skid steer, 3D exterior landscape design, personnel management, and small engine repair were just a few of the events.

BYU Provo took first place in the overall competitive events, receiving a check from Platinum Sponsor STIHL, Inc. for $5,000, followed by Cal Poly – Pomona in second place, and Michigan State University in third place.

The individual winners were: in first place, Marco Crosland of BYU; in second place, Tyler Gilson of Michigan State University; and in third place, Mckenna Rowles of Cuyahoga Community College. The top three students received scholarship money from the National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation.

For a complete list of winners, visit the National Collegiate Landscape Competition website.

In addition to the competitive events, students met with company recruiters from 100 companies; securing jobs and internships at the Career Fair. The Career Fair booths were once again sold out as the event is the best way to recruit top-tier talent.

Next year’s competition will be held at Colorado State University, March 20 – 23, 2019.

For more information about the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, visit

Editor’s Note – Photos are available for download here.

About NALP

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