ESSM Range Plant Identification Team Winners

The students from Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University came home from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma winners!

Congratulations to all the team members and coachs, Dr. Robert Knight, Plant Team and Dr. Mort Kothmann, Undergraduate Range Management Examination.

The purpose of the Undergraduate Range Management Examination (URME) is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to demonstrate higher order learning skills and synthesis knowledge of the art and science of rangeland management. Participants must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled, or enrolled in the prior semeste, as a full-time student. Scoring is done both for individuals and team scores. University team scores are the sum of the three highest scoring individuals from that team.

The Plant Identification Contest is a time-honored tradition of the Society for Range Management that began in 1951. The contest is held each year at the Society's annual meeting. College student's plant identification skills are put to the test in this challenging event. The contest consists of 100 plant specimens from a list of 200 important range plants found in North America. Students competing in the contest have 1 minute to identify each plant, record the origin and longevity, and correctly spell the scientific name. The contest specimens are selected by Dr. Stephan Hatch, Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management and Director of the S.M. Tracy Herbarium at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hatch has been preparing the plant identification contest for the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting since 1980. Many students who have competed in the contest have stated that it is a contest of "sticks and twigs". At the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a total 150 college students competed in the contest representing 25 universities from Canada, the United States of America and Mexico.

Kelsey Davis 2nd place Plant Identification Contest (150 contestants)
Kelsey Davis 2nd place Plant Identification Contest (150 contestants)

Plant Identification Team
Stephen Janak, Laura Stapper, Linda Stapper, Kaitlin O’Brien, Kelsey Davis and on end Garrett Friesenhahn – 3rd place plant identification team (150 individuals and 25 teams), highest US college

Kelsey Davis 1st place Plant Identification Contest and Undergraduate Range Management Exam Team
Kelsey Davis 1st place Plant Identification Contest and Undergraduate Range Management Exam Team ( 250 individuals) combined award

Kaitlin O’Brien, Undergraduate Public Speaking Award
Kaitlin O’Brien, Undergraduate Public Speaking Award   2nd place