The college’s landscape management majors recently won their third-straight national championship and their seventh national title since 2003. Notably, senior Alyssa Brown claimed her fourth national title, winning the championship in all her four years of school.
“I don’t usually stress about winning things—I just like to compete—but I was so stressed this year,” Brown says. “I definitely wanted to win this time so I could be a part of four championship teams. I am pretty stoked it happened.”
Brown and the other students set the record for the highest scores ever at the championships both in 2018 and 2019. This win for BYU shows the importance of experiential learning, which supplements what students learn in the classroom.
“Alyssa is just one example of how extracurricular, experiential learning opportunities offered in the landscape management major help students maximize their potential for success,” says professor Phil Allen, a team coach.
Additionally, seven students finished first place in individual competitions at nationals this year. Leslie Stewart won the Exterior Landscape Design category for her second year in a row, and McKayla Sundberg took home two first place awards—one for interior landscape design and one for sales presentations.
BYU sent thirty-five students to compete; twenty of them placed in the top three of their individual competitions. Beyond winning competitions, students also won scholarships totaling $15,000. Of the sixty-five schools in this year’s competition, BYU excelled, and students look forward to performing just as well, or better, next year.
Learn more about the landscape management major at landscape.byu.edu or take the campus tree tour and read about over a hundred species of trees on campus at treetour.byu.edu.