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Texas A&M Students Win AABP Quiz Bowl Championship
(Left to Right)
Jayton Bailey, John David Nicholson, Bryan Weaver
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Student
Quiz Bowl team from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) won the national quiz bowl
competition at the 46th Annual Conference of the AABP on Friday in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team members were third-year veterinary
students Jayton Bailey and Bryan Weaver and fourth-year student
John David Nicholson.
Teams from many North American veterinary schools competed in
the tournament, with some entering more than one team, for 27 teams
in total. Each team generally has four members, but the team from
the CVM, even with only three members, won the entire competition
for the first time since participating in the Quiz Bowl.
"We are proud of our students for winning, but not surprised
they did," said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of
Veterinary Medicine at the CVM. "Their performance reflects the
hard work, dedication, and commitment to learning. This win also
reflects the quality and dedication of our outstanding food animal
faculty, who prepared them for this competition, as they do for
their veterinary careers. Congratulations to the team for earning
this special award and for exemplifying the excellence in education
for which Texas A&M University and our college are known.
Where else but Texas, #1 in the nation in cattle? Where else but
The format is a single elimination tournament with brackets that
pits teams together to move on to the next round until a champion
is determined. The teams sit on opposite sides of a
table and each member has a buzzer to press when the question is
"The questions asked during the competition were mainly in the
areas of bovine medicine as well as beef and dairy production,"
said Weaver. The first team to buzz in gets a chance to answer the
question. If they miss the question, the other team has a
chance to "steal".
Over 200 conference attendees watched the final match between
Texas A&M and Ohio State University. "The Texas Aggie team
was down to the Buckeyes at one time by over 30 points and rallied
back to win the competition," said Dr. John Davidson, former CVM
faculty member and AABP President-Elect.
"We are very proud of the students on the team and the faculty
members who taught them in the classroom and coached them during
their preparation," said Dr. Allen Roussel, Professor and Head of
the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. "In addition, I
know that these young men were great representatives for Texas
A&M University, not only as Quiz Bowl Champions but also as
gentlemen and professionals."
"This win represents many hours of hard work and study," said
Dr. Kevin Washburn, Associate Professor at the CVM and faculty
advisor to the group, "and demonstrates how well our students
retain the knowledge picked up from their formal training here at
Typically, the students that go to the conference from A&M
are automatically on the Quiz Bowl team. The three members of this
year's team had varied reasons for attending the conference:
Nicholson and Weaver were both student delegates, and Bailey was
presenting a case.
"To be the first team from Texas A&M to win is really
exciting," Bailey said. "It was great to be able to represent
A&M in this way."
Angela G. Clendenin
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