The delegation of 12 SAES graduate and undergraduate students that departed Greensboro for the 28th annual Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Career and Training Conference in Sacramento, Calif., on March 21 returned three days later with Chapter-of the-Year honors for their region, a trophy for a first-place finish in the MANRRS National QUIZ Bowl in which teams of students compete on a playing field composed of questions involving scientific and technical aspects of agricultural education. The SAES MANRRS delegation also returned with an award-winning essayist, the vice president elect for their chapter's region and the national undergraduate president-elect, all in their midst.
Taylor Johnson, a freshman agricultural education major received first place (and a $300 prize) for best undergraduate essay. Johnson's essay, "Evolving as Visionaries with Breakthrough Solutions," touches on some special contributions that students majoring in agricultural education — and participating in MANRRS — will be prepared to make in addressing challenges facing sustainable agriculture development. Gabriel White, a sophomore majoring in laboratory animal science, was elected Region II undergraduate vice-president for 2013-14. Freddrianna McElveen, a junior majoring in laboratory animal science, was elected to serve as MANRRS 2013-14 undergraduate president.
Members of the A&T MANRRS chapter's championship quiz bow team were: Maranda Evans, a junior majoring in animal sciences; Shakera Fudge, a junior majoring in laboratory animal science; Myesha McElveen a freshman majoring in food science; Mykea McKnight, a junior majoring in animal sciences, and Jessica Wooten, a senior majoring in dietetics.
Dr. Tracy Hanner of the Department of Animal Sciences, USDA's 1890 liaison to A&T, Larry Hartsfield and Dr. Paula Faulkner of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education have worked as advisors for the SAES MANRRS chapter for the 2012-2013 academic year, and the trio of advisors accompanied the student delegation to Sacramento for the organization’s annual conference. Dr. Radiah Minor of the Department of Animal Sciences faculty assisted with the SAES MANRRS students' pre-conference preparations and then also accompanied the group to Sacramento.