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April 2008

Release Date: April 9, 2008

Angelo State to Host Region II Wildlife Judging Contest

More than 100 high school students from as far away as San Antonio and El Paso will descend on Angelo State University for the annual Region II Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H Wildlife Judging Contest Tuesday, April 15.

The students will compete in a variety of events starting at 8:30 a.m. April 15 at the ASU Management, Instruction and Research (MIR) Center just north of San Angelo. Contests will include plant identification, habitat evaluation, species identification, game laws, safety and wildlife judging techniques.

“Right now there is a growing interest in wildlife management in Texas,” said Dr. Cody Scott, ASU animal science professor and contest organizer. “This contest is a good way to give the students knowledge of West Texas habitats and is also a great opportunity for kids from places like San Antonio and El Paso to get experience they can’t get at their home schools.”

Region II is made up of schools in the FFA’s Area II and Area VII. It encompasses an area that stretches west to El Paso, east to San Antonio and north to around Abilene. The top five finishers from each of the FFA areas will qualify for the state contest May 13 at ASU. The top overall regional finisher will receive a scholarship.

The Region II contest is in its fifth year and ASU has hosted the event since its inception. It is co-sponsored by the Tom Green County Soil and Water Conservation District.