The Haywood Community College Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Dave Dudek Wildlife Award. HCC Fish and Wildlife Technology students Kaleigh Barrett and Candice Moreau will both receive a $500 scholarship and another honor to add to their resumes. 

The award is named for retired Fish and Wildlife instructor and the founding advisor of the HCC student chapter of The Wildlife Society, Dave Dudek. The award is presented to two Fish and Wildlife students who are on track to graduate in the following spring. The award is designed to recognize outstanding leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the wildlife management profession.

Applicants are scored on their current grade point average; chapter involvement with events such as Big Sweep and Forest Festival Day; and professional development through volunteer experience at natural resource conservation agencies.

According to Shannon Rabby, HCC Fish and Wildlife Technology Lead Instructor, “Candice and Kaleigh are outstanding, dedicated, professional students that will undoubtedly succeed in their goals of helping to conserve our natural resources.”

Barrett hopes to complete the Forest Management Technology program at HCC before continuing on to Western Carolina University for a Bachelor’s degree. She then plans to pursue a graduate degree.

“I felt like the world had finally opened up for me when I started the Fish and Wildlife program,” Barrett explains. “All the pieces began falling into place. I have discovered genuine hope and happiness in this place. In just one year, I have learned more, gained more hands-on experience, and become more involved with my peers than in six years and four colleges put together.”

Moreau plans to continue her education at UNC-Asheville to take Ecology and Environmental Biology after finishing HCC. She hopes to then have the required credits to become a certified Associate Wildlife Biologist through the Wildlife Society. She would like to specialize in large carnivorous mammals.

“This award is proof of my commitment to both my academic studies and the wildlife field in general and will provide funding that will enable me to continue volunteering with various organizations.” Moreau says. 

 For more information about HCC’s Fish and Wildlife program or the HCC student chapter of The Wildlife Society, please call 627-4592.

Photo by Erica Vaughn. Haywood Community College recently awarded two Fish and Wildlife Management students the 2015 Dave Dudek Wildlife Award. The award is named for retired Fish and Wildlife instructor and founding HCC student chapter of The Wildlife Society advisor, Dave Dudek. Pictured left to right are: Dave Dudek; Candice Moreau, HCC Fish and Wildlife Management student and 2015 Dave Dudek Award winner; Kaleigh Barrett, HCC Fish and Wildlife Management student and 2015 Dave Dudek Award winner; and Shannon Rabby, HCC Fish and Wildlife Lead Instructor.