AFS students win national Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl
Texas Tech's outstanding Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl Team brought home a national championship title last month from the 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference in San Angelo. Previously, Tech won the competition in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. Tech defeated Colorado State in the final round of competition for the win.
"The students who competed are extremely intelligent," said Mark Miller, professor and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. "Their performance at RMC was a great reflection of the high academic standards of our Department of Animal and Food Sciences."
This year's undergraduate quiz bowl contest included 136 students, representing 34 teams. The Red Raiders entered two teams.
Tech's meat science academic quiz bowl team members included:
- Clay Bendele, a senior from Hondo
- Erin Beyer, a senior from Brookshire
- Dean Chapman, a sophomore from Sweetwater
- Tommy Fletcher, a junior from La Vernia
- Landon French, a senior from Burleson
- Darby Gonzales, a senior from Hondo
- Ben Mills, a sophomore from Shallowater
- April Molitor, a sophomore from Hondo
- Shannon O'Quinn, a junior from League City
- Cole Perkins, a junior from Llano
- Kiersten Scott, a junior from Scott City, Kansas
- Keeley Sears, a junior from Weatherford
- Cody Shannon, a senior from Royse City
The team is coached by Lindsey Drey, who is a student in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
In other conference action:
Darby Gonzales and Erin Beyer, both seniors in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, were honored by the American Meat Science Association for outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the meat science industry. Six awards were given nationally.
The meeting's student research competition took place on June 19 with 41 students participating; eight in the undergraduate, 22 in the masters and 11 in the Ph.D. competitions. Nathan Tapp, a recent Tech graduate, won the Ph.D. division. Keelyn Hanlon received honorable mention in the masters division. In the first RMC Processed Meat Judging Contest held during the conference, students evaluated and answered questions on six classes of various processed products.
In addition, there was a keep/cull bacon class, ten processed meat product defects, and retail identification. Tech took top honors in the undergraduate division with a team that included Clay Bendele, 3rd high individual; Cody Shannon, 4th high individual; and Tommy Fletcher, 6th high individual. Fifty-five undergraduate students from nine universities competed.
Eight Tech students competed in the meeting's Iron Chef competition. Clay Braden from Wall was a member of the first place team, which was comprised of 10 students from various universities. Sean Morrow from Sweetwater was a member of the second place team, which also won the People's Choice Award. Each team was given a mystery protein when they arrived at the conference and were asked to develop a product using a secret ingredient.
Texas Tech faculty member Mark Miller, a professor and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science, was also honored with the 2016 AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award.
The Reciprocal Meat Conference is an annual conference sponsored by American Meat Science Association, which brings together meat scientists and students from academia, industry and government. This year's conference was hosted by Angelo State University.
Reporting by Moriah Beyers
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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