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Hard-Working Pierce Native is Aggie of the Month
By: Jocelyn Kennicutt, Freshman Animal Science Major - 02/07/2019

Lucas Kolterman of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has been named Aggie of the Month.

Hailing from Pierce, Nebraska, Kolterman is a third-year Agricultural Production Systems student working to achieve his irrigation technician and welding certifications.

Kolterman found his way to NCTA after a long search for his perfect fit.

"I heard about NCTA from a classmate of mine who went here," he said. "This college was more welcoming and hands-on than the other schools I was looking at for college."

When he is not in his classes, he can be found working; on-campus in the maintenance and repair department or off-campus for local producer, Nick Brown, on his farming and ranching operation.

Kolterman enjoys spending his free time hunting, fishing, and "hanging out" with his family at Pierce, and with his friends from NCTA.

His nomination for Aggie of the Month came from Eric Reed, associate professor and chair of the NCTA General Education Division.

Reed boasts of Kolterman's "responsible, personable, and respectable nature" as well as his "strong work ethic and reliability."

"He strikes me as supremely honest and kind," Reed states. "Whoever hires him (in the future) will not be let down."

Following his graduation on May 2, Kolterman looks to his hometown to provide for a future in agriculture.

"I plan to go back home and start a cow-calf operation with my dad," he says. "I might also get a job working for an irrigation company or grain elevator in the area."

Kolterman is very thankful for his three years of education at NCTA. "The people here are so friendly and make it feel like home."

He is one of several students recognized throughout the year as Aggie of the Month for their leadership, hard work, and impact on the campus. Kolterman will receive a certificate from the Dean's Office.

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