Never let it be said that students in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences can’t compete.
Thirty-six SAES students were put to the test – and several prevailed in some of the competitions held at the annual MANRRS National Career Fair and Training Conference March 30 – April 2, in Jacksonville, Fla. The event was organized by Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). Several individuals and groups won or placed, and most of the attendees competed in one or more events.
Thanks to the support of the School, which sponsored their trip, the group was the second largest in attendance. The following students attended:
Lauren Blackwell, Deshawn Blanding, Christina Bradshaw, Maya Brooks, Jeremy Bryant, Caleb Bryson, Zanard Choice, Casey Clark, Alondra Dial, Anthony Dillard, Zavier Eure, Nakeya Facey, Edris Grate, Malicha Greene, Briana Holness, Brittany Hoover Chelsea Horton, Shayla Jackson, Taylor Johnson, Karmen Jones, Rafael Leake, Alexis Lee, Joanie Martin, Morgan McCoy, Taylor McFadden, Fredisha Nelson, Joyce Payne, Ra’tasha Rouse, Johnathon Sales, Quincy Simmons, Arneisha Smallwood, Hannah Talton, Bryanna Washburn, Martha Williams, Jana Williams and Jabril Wright.
“We are extremely proud of how the Aggies represented at the conference, and we look forward to the next conference, said Dr. Radiah Minor, advisor for the SAES chapter of MANRRS.
The competitions and winners are:
- DeShawn Blanding, a Biological Engineering major won first place in the public speaking contest.
- Maya Brooks, an Animal Sciences major, won first place in the undergraduate poster competition. Her advisor is Dr. Radiah Minor.
- Arneisha Smallwood, an Agribusiness and Food Industry Management major placed third in the Undergraduate Poster Competition. Her advisor is Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore.
- As the Region II Chapter of the Year, the SAES chapter of MANRRS advanced to compete as a whole, against five other chapters for National Chapter of the Year honors. The SAES chapter placed third in that event.
Shayla Jackson, an Animal Sciences major and president of the SAES chapter of MANRRS, was significantly involved in the planning and behind the scenes organizing that made the event a success. Jackson is and also serves as Region II vice president, which encompasses chapters in Virginia, the Carolinas Georgia and Florida.
In addition to those named above, other students who took on the challenge of competing were as follows:
Christina Bradshaw, (Animal Sciences), competed in the public speaking competition and Joanie Martin, (MS Integrated Animal Health) whose research advisor is Dr. Radiah C. Minor, competed in the graduate oral presentation.
Several students competed in the undergraduate poster completion, including three animal sciences majors who were advised by Minor: Lauren Blackwell, Christina Bradshaw and Chelsea Horton, whose poster was one of 10 selected for final competition. Others who participated in the poster contest were Taylor Johnson – whose poster was also one of 10 selected for final competition – and Alexis Lee, a nutritional sciences major, both of whom were advised by Dr. Paula Faulkner.
Hannah Talton (Urban and Community Horticulture) competed in the undergraduate business pitch competition, advised by Dr. Tracy Hanner. She also competed in the essay competition.
Bryanna Washburn (Animal Sciences) competed in the research discussion. The essay competition featured Fredisha Nelson (Animal Sciences) Quincy Simmons (Landscape Architecture) Jabril Wright (Environmental Studies) and Talton (Urban and Community Horticulture) Zavier Eure and Alondra Dial, (Animal Sciences) participated in the photo competition.
This year’s MANRRS quiz bowl team included Jeremy Bryant, Rafael Leake, Malicha Greene, Fredisha Nelson, Edris Grate, Caleb Bryson, Joyce Payne, Karmen Jones, Morgan McCoy and Maya Brooks. The quiz bowl coach was Taylor McFadden.
Several SAES faculty and staff supported the students and the event. Minor judged oral presentations and written abstracts, Drs. Hanner and Ralph Noble served as panelists; while Dr. Chastity Warren-English and Angela Smith and Kishaa James manned the SAES recruitment booth during the event.
In addition to competing, SAES students also attended workshops and engaged in networking, with some coming away from the conference with potential opportunities for internships, jobs or graduate school.
To get a full flavor of the action at the conference, visit this photo album: