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Pinedale Online > News > April 2007 > UW students place in Rangeland Cup Competition
UW students place in Rangeland Cup Competition
Mae Peterson from Pinedale, and Rives White from Daniel, place
by University of Wyoming
April 2, 2007

(Laramie) - University of Wyoming students claimed firsts, seconds, third, fourth, and a sixth at the recent international meeting of the Society for Range Management in Reno, Nevada.

Students from 22 institutions in the United States, Canada and Mexico competed in the event.

The Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) team and Mae Peterson of Pinedale in public speaking, won their categories. The UW team was second in the Rangeland Cup.

Twenty-seven students from nine institutions were in the undergraduate public speaking competition, in which Rives White, Daniel, placed third. UW's Rangeland Cup teams placed second and sixth out of nine teams.

There were more than 150 students competing in the URME. Merritt Carpenter of Hartville placed second, and Sarah Hanlon of Cheyenne was fourth overall. Four UW students placed in the top 10 percent of the URME.

Because of the difficulty of the URME, those in the top 10 become a Certified Professional in Range Management from the Society for Range Management.

The team began one-hour practice sessions in September, says Brian Mealor, temporary lecturer in renewable resources, who coached the URME team.

"All of the students showed great dedication in preparing for this competition and represented the university and the state of Wyoming with class, professionalism and character," he notes. "Working with this group of students has been a high point of my time at UW."

Members of the URME team are:

Chadron, Neb. -- Morgan Wolvington
Cheyenne -- Concetta Brown, Sarah Hanlon
Daniel -- Rives White
Decker, Mont. -- Lucas Line
Denver Colo. -- Elizabeth Parrish
Dixon, Ill. -- Abigail Martin
Douglas -- Michelle Auyer
Evanston -- Dusty Smith
Hartville -- Merritt Carpenter
Hemingford, Neb. -- Lance Nixon
Laramie -- Martin Curry and Josh Jeanneret
Leiter -- Rollin Winter
Pinedale -- Mae Peterson
Rangely, Colo. -- Adam Heinle

This was the first year for Rangeland Cup competition. It is a problem-solving competition to promote critical thinking and cooperative, collaborative work on a current topic and/or topics of historical importance to rangeland ecology and management.

Team members are Ashley Whitman, Kinnear, Cole Lambert, Newcastle, Adam Heinle, and Alison Iroz, San Diego, Calif.

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