Haywood Community College

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 11-7-06

For immediate release.

HCC STUDENTS EXCEL AT RECENT WOODSMEN'S EVENTS

Haywood Community College woodsmen's team finished in first place at the 11th Annual Woodsmen's Meet held at the Cradle of Forestry in America during Forest Festival Day. Five colleges competed in the intercollegiate woodsmen's meet sponsored by Stihl Chainsaws, Hemlock Healers, Columbia Carolina Wood Products, and the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association. The colleges represented were HCC, Penn State University at Mont Alto, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College from West Virginia, and Montgomery Community College from Troy, North Carolina.

Following a record-breaking 390-10 win over Dabney-Lancaster in the Forestry Quiz Bowl event, HCC finished at the top in the archery, dendrology, men's crosscut saw, and men's chainsaw events. HCC also made strong showings in the axe throw, pole climb, women's cross cut, and Jack-and-Jill cross cut events. Over 2,400 spectators attended the event.

Four HCC students also competed in the South Atlantic Woodsmen's Association at Darnell Farms in Bryson City recently Jay Blackburn placed third overall for the day at the event with first place in the two person cross cut event, third place in the underhand chop, and second place in the ax throw.

To catch some of this action close to home, check out the lumberjack demonstration by students from HCC's Natural Resources Division at the Opportunity Showcase on November 16. This free event will be held the lower level of the Student Center. The showcase will be a job fair, career fair, and open house for HCC. Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for middle and high school students and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for the general public.

For additional information about the Opportunity Showcase, please call 627-4503. For more information about the Natural Resources Program at HCC, please call 627-4500.

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HCC student, Jay Blackburn shown competing in the men's cross cut sawing competition recently at the Cradle of Forestry Forest Festival Day.