Monday, March 18, 2013

Haywood wildlife students have great success at Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

The HCC Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society took 3rd overall competing against 21 colleges and universities at the 2013 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave hosted by North Carolina State University March 7-10. Conclave is an annual event that brings over 450 wildlife management students, educators, and professionals together for three days of workshops, field tours, and very spirited competition. HCC is one of two community colleges that competed at this year’s wildlife conclave. This is the 4th year in a row that the HCC wildlife students have finished in the top three overall!  

University graduate students are allowed to compete in all wildlife conclave events and our students deserve commendation for their high level of success in competing against large and well-known wildlife management programs such as the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, and Maryland.
Competitions at conclave include a very challenging double-elimination Quiz Bowl tournament, a grueling outdoor Team Field competition, wildlife art and photography, game calling, and individual competitions such as radiotelemetry, obstacle course, archery, rifle, shotgun, orienteering, dendrology (tree identification), canoeing, fly-casting, and lab practical. Points are awarded based upon final rank in each competition. A strong team effort that featured high scores in most events resulted in yet another finish in the top three overall for the Haywood wildlifers!

22 students earned the money to attend the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave by participating in chapter fundraisers including the tremendously successful 7th Annual Wild Game Dinner and raffle ticket sales for a lifetime hunting and fishing license. Students were also supported by a mini-grant from the HCC Foundation. A special thank you is due to all of the HCC employees, students, and community members who supported these fundraising efforts!
HCC Ranked 1st overall in individual intellectual competitions.
HCC Ranked 1st overall in individual physical competitions.
HCC Finished 5th overall in the Team Field competition.
HCC Ranked 6th overall in wildlife art and photography.
HCC finished 10th overall in Quiz Bowl

Individual Awards:1st place, Rifle:  Jacob Longworth
1st place, Digitally Enhanced Photography:   Danielle Bouchonnet
2nd place, Flycasting:  Austin Brown
2nd place, Shotgun:  Dylan Cranfill
2nd place, Lab Practical:  Amber Swicegood
3rd place, Archery:  Justin McClure
3rd place, Dendrology:  Aaron Perez
3rd place, Painting:  Shelley Read
(Post by Shannon Rabby)




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