The Friday morning awards banquet brought some good news: our team took 1st Place in Group Judging, edging out Kansas State by a single point! This is the only the 4th time in the 26 year history of Group Judging in Region V (thanks to Professor Emeritus Dr. Terry Cooper for advocating for the Group Judging portion of the contest!) that the University of Minnesota has taken 1st place. Additionally, Sara Bauer took 10th place in the Individual Judging awards. Congratulations to all members of our team who each uniquely contributed to the team's overall success, and a huge thank you to our Captain Luke Ratgen for his leadership. The team hit the road shortly after the awards breakfast in Lincoln and arrived home safely to St. Paul by late afternoon on Friday. Please join me in congratulating this year's team on their success!