Jeffrey Swartz of Bozeman, William Sparks of Plevna, Andrew Williams from Murphys, Calif., and Whitney Carr of Chugiak, Alaska, competed in a four-part contest that consisted of a comprehensive written exam, impromptu oral presentation, hands-on lab practicum and a double-elimination quiz bowl tournament. The MSU team finished second in the lab practicum and third in the quiz bowl, competing against Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, Oregon State University, Utah State University and the University of Wyoming.
"The students did a great job representing MSU at the contest. I'm so proud of their hard work," said team adviser Rachel Endecott. "It was great for them to meet other students from land-grant institutions and experience a professional scientific meeting."
The contest was held July 13-14 in conjunction with the joint annual meetings of the Western Section American Society of Animal Science, American Society of Animal Science, American Dairy Science Association, Canadian Society of Animal Science, and Asociación Mexicana de Producción Animal.
Colorado State University won the regional contest and moves on to compete at the national contest. Next year's regional contest will be held in Bozeman and hosted by MSU.
Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org