PVAMU students win first-place in 2019 National MANRRS Quiz Bowl

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Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) brought home the first-place trophy in the National MANRRS Quiz Bowl Competition. The Panthers defeated the University of Maryland in the final round of competition.

The contest took place at the National MANRRS Career Fair and Training Conference in Overland Park, KS, April 6. The team met stiff competition leading up to the final round, edging out the University of Florida in the semi-final round and Florida A&M University in the preliminary round of the tournament.

The MANRRS Quiz Bowl allows participants to showcase their knowledge of MANRRS’ history and various aspects of agriculture and related sciences, including agribusiness, food science, animal science and plant and soil sciences.

PVAMU’s team consists of four student members, Kira Christian, Edwin Crittendon II, Houston Johnson, and Alexander Robinson, all from the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences.  The team was dubbed The Golden Panthers, during the contest.

“This national victory shows how talented and competitive our students are, and it demonstrates the power that comes from having a diverse team,” said Co-advisor for PVAMU MANRRS Dr. Wash A. Jones, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences.

In addition to the Quiz Bowl, students competed in other student competitions including Research Discussion, Public Speaking, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Business Pitch. The team was part of a seven-student delegation representing the university at the National Conference, participating in professional development workshops, student research presentations, and a career fair featuring 75 industry leaders from agriculture.

“The Golden Panthers’ achievements should bring an immense sense of pride to the entire campus. We couldn’t be prouder of this team and the way it represented PVAMU on a national level in such a monumental way,” added Co-advisor Horace D. Hodge, USDA/1890 program liaison.

The MANRRS Bowl competition was created to increase attendance and participation at the Annual Career Fair and Training Conference, and to encourage learning in a fun and competitive atmosphere. The competitors were judged on how quickly and how precise they responded to the respective questions in the categories of MANRRS trivia, Natural Science, History, Policy, Animal Science, Soil Science, and Chemistry. MANRRS is a national society that welcomes the membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related science careers.

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