HCC student takes top spot in national lumberjack competition

out lumberjackHaywood Community College student Logan Hawks recently placed third in the nation in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Collegiate Lumberjack Competition.

He is the third HCC student since 2007 to rank as a top place finisher in the national woodsmen competition. 


The competition tests students’ prowess in events such as archery, log rolling, axe throwing, pole climbing and cutting wood with crosscut saws and chainsaws. Hawks is a student in HCC’s forest management technology program with plans to graduate next spring.

He grew up watching his dad work as a game warden and always knew he wanted to go into the natural resources field. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and any outdoor sport available. The hands-on focus at HCC has been important to his success. 

“We are outside every day,” Hawks said. “It makes it click when you do something hands-on. It gives you confidence that you know what you’re doing when you go into the field every day.”

He has been competing in lumberjack sports since becoming a student at HCC. Hawks gets to practice on the job as a performer for Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, sometimes doing three shows per day.

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