UTM student NAMA members compete in quiz bowl
Members of the UTM National Agri-Marketing Association, NAMA, traveled to Orlando, Fla. Feb 1- 6.
On Friday, Feb. 1, several students and advisors began their journey to the Wyndham Orlando Resort Hotel for the 110th Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists' Annual Meeting and Conference. There was, however, a slight detour at the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. At the distillery, students were given a tour and learned more about the economic aspect of the company.
"It was a very educational experience; we learned a lot about the different taxes the distillery has to pay every two weeks. I think one of the things we talked about while we were there actually turned out to be a question during the competition," said competitor Malorie Paine.
Because the conference covers all aspects of agricultural science, several other organizations were involved in the conference as well. The Southern Agricultural Economics Association,
SAEA, helped make up the agricultural economists section of the conference.
Each year, the SAEA hosts a student quiz bowl in which students from different schools in the southern region of the United States are invited to participate. UTM's NAMA chapter brought one of the largest groups in attendance this year. The chapter provided 13 students to compete in this year's Quiz Bowl competition.
In order to determine who would represent UTM, the organization held tryouts for students during the Fall 2012 semester. After the tryouts, the chosen students were given examples of past questions to study over Christmas break. All of the students, with the exception of one, were new to the Quiz Bowl competition.
Once students arrived at the conference center, they were separated into 25 different teams. Typically teams were comprised of three people, each representing a different school.
However, one UTM student was placed on a team with only one other person.
The Quiz Bowl portion of the conference lasted for two days. The competition began at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and lasted until just before noon on Monday, Feb. 4. Each round of the Quiz Bowl lasted 20 minutes and included as many questions as the competitors were able to answer. The Jeopardy style questions covered topics that ranged from Macro and Microeconomics to which celebrity has the most followers on Twitter.
The top three teams received a cash prize to be divided equally among the members of those teams. The first place team also was given the opportunity to compete against The Legends, a team consisting of three current SAEA officers. Ending a losing streak, this year's student team beat The Legends.
Along with competing, the students also attended the SAEA's Presidential Luncheon. At the luncheon, the SAEA President gave a presentation that explained his research on the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 oil spill. Students learned that to this day, cities and towns are suffering from the effects of the spill. Students were also informed that BP is still going through trials to determine what they will be held responsible for.
There were also several events scheduled for the entertainment of the student by the SAEA. The SAEA hosted a Super Bowl party for all student competitors at NASCAR Sports Grille in Universal Studios. The students and their advisors were also invited to a reception at Buffalo Wild Wings following the conclusion of the Quiz Bowl competition.
The students not only competed in Quiz Bowl but were also given the opportunity to network with several schools that offer graduate programs in Agricultural Economics and Business.
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