Nikki Barrett of Cuyahoga Falls scored a Top 10 event finish while representing Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.
Her performance helped Tri-C finish first among community colleges and fifth overall at the competition, held March 15-18 at Brigham Young University in Utah.
The event attracted 60 of the top horticulture and landscape programs in the country.
Barrett teamed with a classmate to place seventh in irrigation troubleshooting, one of 29 events at the collegiate challenge.
The annual student competition is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals to boost job recruitment in the landscape industry, where there is high demand for skilled workers.
Tri-C's Plant Science and Landscape Technology program -- based at the College's Eastern Campus in Highland Hills -- prepares students for careers in landscape design and construction; garden center or nursery management; and other horticulture fields.