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Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl Team repeats as National Champs

Texas Tech University’s Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl Team won back-to-back national championships, taking the top spot once again June 23 at the 63rd Annual Reciprocal Meat Conference in Lubbock. The Red Raider team added to national titles won at the competition in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

“These students have studied and worked hard for months and dedicated themselves to excellence,” said Mark Miller, Texas Tech’s San Antonio Livestock Exposition Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. “I was so excited that our teams finished first and second for the first time in school history.”

The 2010 team members included:
Adam Copeland a senior from Katy
Collin Corbin a senior from League City
Caleb Crosswhite a senior from McKinney
Mai Lee Holmes a junior from Katy
Tyler Maltsberger a senior from Helotes
Markus Miller a junior from Abernathy
Nathan Reeves a junior from League City
Martin Shaw a senior from Hilmar, Calif.
Troy Tarpley a junior from Fort Stockton
Loni Woolley a junior from Grandview
• Tech seniors Abby Long and Matt Bruton coach the team.

Separately, Long and Corbin were presented Undergraduate Academic Scholastic Achievement Awards at the meeting for their outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the meat science industry.

Gordon Davis, founder and chairman of CEV Multimedia Ltd. Company, was also recognized at the session for his service in creating different avenues and opportunities to teach the next generation of students pursuing a career in agriculture. Davis previously served as an assistant professor and associate professor at Texas Tech and currently works as an adjunct professor with the university’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

In 1985, 1996 and 2005, Davis co-founded three endowments for meat science excellence administered by Texas Tech, including the Gordon W. Davis Regent’s Chair in Meat & Muscle Biology. Earlier in his career, he coached two national championship meat judging teams (Texas A&M University 1973; Texas Tech 1989) and was the recipient of an outstanding teacher award and hall of fame distinguished service awards from the Department of Animal Science (Texas Tech 2004; Washington State University 2008).

The Reciprocal Meat Conference is an annual meeting sponsored by American Mean Science Association, a professional society, which brings together meat scientists and students from academia, industry and government.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Markus Miller, SALE chair – Meat Science, Food Processing & Preservation, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 ext. 231 or



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