HCC Wildlife Society finishes 4th Place at SE Wildlife Conclave

By Haywood Community College | Apr 06, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo. Pictured are HCC students and instructors who attended the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave. In the front row is Matt Bostick; second row, from left, are Amber Bumgardner, Morgan Davis and lead instructor Shannon Rabby; third row, Cody Patton, Justin Kerr, Johnathan Carreto, Garrett Dail, Blake Ledbetter, Dylan Rogers and Candice Moreau; back row, instructor Wally Woods, Cody Bolick, Dylan Poplin, Dillon Wood, Dalton Boone, Alex Mense, Luke Swaringen, Hunter Williams, Dawson Pia and Trevor Walker. The team finished fourth place overall against 24 other schools.

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — The Haywood Community College student chapter of the Wildlife Society finished fourth place overall at the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, competing against 24 other schools. The event was held at Mississippi State University.

HCC finished just behind the University of Georgia, N.C. State University and the University of Tennessee, beating both undergraduate and graduate students from four-year schools and beating the only other two-year school.

In the past seven years, HCC has placed in the top five spots six times.

The annual conclave provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation, as well as networking amongst students, faculty and wildlife professionals.

Activities include a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities for professional development.

The 19 students from HCC placed:

— Second overall in intellectual competitions (essay, poetry, radiotelemetry, dendrology, orienteering, field photography and lab practical)

— Third overall in physical competitions (rifle, shotgun, archery, obstacle course, flycasting and canoeing)

— Fourth overall in art competitions (drawing, painting, freeform, trail camera, digital photography, landscape photography and turkey, cervid, waterfowl and miscellaneous calling).

— Fourth in team field competition

— Ninth in quiz bowl.

For more information about HCC’s Natural Resources programs, call 627-4626.

Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to provide accessible and affordable high-quality education, workforce training and lifelong learning. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, productive greenhouses, a dahlia garden, an orchard garden, working vegetable gardens and a rhododendron garden.