Wildlife Society brings home Chapter of the Year award

KINGSVILLE - March 06, 2015

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590

Members of the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently brought home top awards from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society state meeting. Included in those awards was the Student Chapter of the Year, the highest award a student chapter can receive. The A&M-Kingsville chapter has received that award 11 times in its 14-year history.

Aidan Flores, a junior range and wildlife science major from Arlington, received the highest award given to an undergraduate. He received the Colin Caruthers Memorial Scholarship. He also was named the university’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student.

Texas A&M-Kingsville students had three top winners in the Student Poster competition. Cord Eversole, a doctoral wildlife student from Needville, placed first in the graduate student level while Caroline Ward, a master’s wildlife student from Georgia, was second. Katelyn Allred, a sophomore range and wildlife science major from Kyle, was first in the undergraduate poster contest.

Ana Krainyk, a doctoral wildlife student from New Jersey, placed second in the prestigious Clarence Cottam Award competition.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville Plant ID team placed second. Members of the team are master’s students Meagan Lesak, from Victoria, and Richard Sinclair, from Kingsville; seniors Anthony Jackson, from Comfort, and Ramon Saenz from Uvalde; and sophomore Dillan Drabek, from Schulenburg. All are range and wildlife science majors.

As in years past, the Kingsville chapter dominated the student competitions, making one third, or 65, of the presentations this year, far more than their nearest competitor, whose students only made 20 presentations. 

Students from Texas A&M-Kingsville made one third of the Cottam presentations, nearly one quarter of the oral presentations and almost one half of the poster presentations.