His performance led Tri-C’s team to a third-place overall finish
at the event, which attracted more than 60 of the nation’s top
horticulture and landscape programs from two- and four-year
schools. Tri-C placed first among community colleges.
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
Vareska, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, competed in five events. He
paired with teammates to place second in landscape maintenance
operations and third in both landscape plant installation and
maintenance cost estimating.
He becomes the second Tri-C student to win the competition,
following Hayden Angelotta in 2014.
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:
in arboriculture techniques and compact excavator operation.
He finished 21st overall, too.
(Fairview Park) in arboriculture techniques
(Cleveland) in landscape plant installation
(Columbia Station) in annual and perennial identification.
in landscape plant installation
(Willoughby Hills) in interior plant identification and
in landscape maintenance operations
(Cuyahoga Falls) in 3D exterior landscape design.
(Lyndhurst) in small engine repair
(Lakemore) in irrigation troubleshooting
(Mentor) in annual and perennial
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.
Tri-C’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology
program — based at Eastern Campus in
Highland Hills — prepares students for careers in landscape
design and construction; garden center or nursery management;
and other horticulture fields.