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Students In UF/IFAS Department Of Food And Resource Economics Win National AAEA “Quiz Bowl” Competition Again

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James Sterns, 352-392-1826 ext. 222

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—For the third consecutive year, a team of students in the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has won the annual North American Academic Quiz Bowl competition held August 1-4 at the national meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) in Denver, Colo.

Zachary Adams, Juan Castro-Anzola and Paige Wingate, seniors majoring in food and resource economics, were one of the 39 teams from 22 universities and colleges in the United States and Canada competing in the tournament. Student teams competed in a double-elimination tournament that involved 76 matches. Adams is from Fort Pierce, Fla.; Castro-Anzola is from Colombia, South America; Wingate is from Milton, Fla.

James Sterns, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and faculty advisor to the students, said it’s the third year in a row that a UF team has gone undefeated on its way to winning the tournament. And it’s the fourth time out of the last five years that a team of UF students has won the AAEA Academic Quiz Bowl.

“The winning UF team won six consecutive games, never losing a round during the tournament,” Sterns said. “The contest allows undergraduate students to test their basic knowledge of agricultural economics. The tournament is set up to allow each team to play at least two games. Teams consist of no more than three players and only two teams may enter from any single school.”

He said the questions are divided into eight categories: microeconomics, resources / policy, macroeconomics, agricultural business/finance, marketing, management, quantitative methods, and potpourri (a mix from the other seven categories).

Other UF students who participated in the competition include David Spencer, a senior from Jacksonville; Caroline Justice-Stephens, a senior from Gainesville; Vanessa DeVeau, a junior from Sarasota; David Susa-Salazar, from Ecuador, South America; and Jessica Behrens.