COLLEGE STATION The academic quiz bowl team from Texas A&M University’s department of agricultural economics recently won its fourth national championship.
The competition was held recently in Long Beach, Calif.
Texas A&M competed against 32 teams representing agricultural economics programs from across the U.S. and Canada at the American Agricultural Economics Association 2006 conference.
The Aggie team won five consecutive rounds before reaching the finals, defeating the University of Manitoba 125-30.
Team members are Kristen Greer, a senior from Center; Meagan Morgan, a senior from Shiner; Callie Rogers, a senior from Weatherford; and Sheena Norton, a senior from Meridian.
Dr. Jim Mjelde and Dr. Ed Rister coached the team.
“We are extremely pleased by the recognition earned by our quiz bowl team,” said Dr. John Nichols, department head for agricultural economics at Texas A&M. “They demonstrated an outstanding mastery of the many topic areas of applied economics and agribusiness and also in the techniques of the competition.
“The winning tradition of our teams reflects also the quality of the coaching and instruction which always lies behind successful students.”
The format, which is similar to that used by the game show Jeopardy, tests students on their knowledge of agricultural economics. Questions are broken into eight categories: resources/policy, macroeconomics, microeconomics, agricultural business/finance, marketing, management, quantitative, and potpourri or assorted mixed questions.
Also competing in the event were teams from Purdue University, the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State University, the University of Florida, the University of Arkansas, California Polytechnic Institute, the University of Alberta, Mississippi State University, the University of Wyoming, Sam Houston State University, Kansas State University and California State University at Chico.