Poultry Judging Team National Champs
Poultry Judging Team Wins Spring 2010 U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Championship
April 23, 2010
Writer: Bill Gibbs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 979-777-0171
COLLEGE STATION—They did it again!
The Texas A&M University Poultry Judging Team once again has snagged the championship in the Spring 2010 U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s semi-annual National Poultry Judging Contest. The event was held April 14-17 in Baton Rouge.
This is the team’s eighth national championship in the last nine contests since April 2006. Aggies have won 25 national championships since they first started competing.
This is also the seventh straight time that an Aggie has taken high individual honors.
Team member Kevin Ellis led the field with high individual overall, along with first place in the Breed Selection Division. Charlotte Salinas took third place overall, second place in the Market Products Division, and second place in the Breed Selection Division. Rachael Dziedzic took seventh place overall, first place in the Market Products Division, and fourth place in the Breed Selection Division. Julie Zapalac took ninth overall, and fifth place in the Production Division.
The team won the Market Products and the Breed Selection Divisions while placing fourth in the Production Division.
Jake Pieniazek was the alternate on the team. The team is coached by Jason Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of poultry science, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association sponsors the National Poultry Judging Contest as part of a comprehensive student outreach program to enhance interest in the poultry industry and encourage student enrollment in poultry science studies.
Photo: Front row from left: Julie Zapalac, Charlotte Salinas, Kevin Ellis, and Rachael Dziedzic. Back row from left: Team Coach Jason Lee, and Jake Pieniazek.
About the college:
With an enrollment of almost 6,500 students in 14 academic departments, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees and has a faculty of over 400 members, including a Nobel laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Research programs include food sustainability and safety, human and animal health, genetics, renewable natural resources and bioenergy. Mark Hussey is Vice Chancellor and Dean.