Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville students win big at state conference

KINGSVILLE - October 23, 2012

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

Students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently attended the state conference of the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management in Fredericksburg and came back big winners.

Senior Meagan Lesak was named Outstanding Student of the conference. She is a range and wildlife management major from Victoria. In addition to being named Outstanding Student, she was a member of the first place team for the Undergraduate Ranger Relays and the second place Student Plant Identification Team.

Other members of the first place-winning Undergraduate Ranger Relay team are Henry Hernandez, a freshman range and wildlife management major from Pettus; and Tyler Reagan, a freshman agribusiness major from Goliad.

Joining Lesak on the second place-winning Plant Identification Team are Zack Pearson, junior range and wildlife management major from La Vernia; Blake Martin, a junior range and wildlife management major from Hereford; and William Frederick, a senior range and wildlife management major from New Caney.

Pearson, Frederick and Martin joined together to win third place in the Undergraduate Ranger Relays.

The team of Eric Grahmann and Steven Goertz placed second in the Graduate Ranger Relays. Grahmann is a graduate student in wildlife science from Victoria and Goertz is a graduate student in range and wildlife management from Waco.

Grahmann also was a big winner on his own, placing first in Professional and Graduate Plant Identification, the Young Professional Poster contest, and the Plants category of the photo contest.

Another big individual winner in the photo contest was Martin, who had both the Grand and Reserve Champion Photos after winning first place in the People, Landscape and Wildlife categories.

On a lighter note, Goertz was first in the washer tournament and Grahmann was first in the horseshoe tournament.

The Ranger Relays is a relay competition where students race to stations across the landscape using GPS to answer questions that are focused on range management. Questions include anything from plant, wildlife or livestock identification, range management calculations or general questions regarding land management.

The washer and horseshoe tournaments are a way for members and students to interact on a more social level, possibly creating friendships that may lead to future jobs.


This page was last updated on: October 23, 2012