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News Release

August 16, 1999

Local team wins academic bowl

A University of Guelph team has won the Undergraduate Academic Bowl sponsored by the American Agricultural Economics Association, beating out 39 other teams from the United States and Canada.

Team members Yvonne Chin, Brendan Carley, Jonathan Berner and Brent Ross competed against the University of Florida in the final round Aug. 11 in Nashville, Tennessee. They won by 205 to 35.

"Guelph won every game in the series by this type of margin," said Kevin Parton, chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business. who served as faculty adviser. "I am thrilled for the students. It was a just reward for the many months of preparation they had put in and a confirmation of the high standards of learning Guelph is providing in agricultural economics."

The competition was structured like the television game show Jeopardy. Students answered questions in agricultural economic areas, ranging from macroeconomics to marketing and finance to farm management. All major U.S. schools of agricultural economics competed, including Purdue, Penn State, Oregon, Idaho, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Arkansas and Florida. The academic bowl is an annual event at the American Agricultural Economics Association meetings.

Contact: Prof. Kevin Parton, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business (519) 824-4120, Ext. 3532

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