Donated photo. Pictured are Haywood Community College students that participated in the quiz bowl at The Wildlife Society’s 2018 Conclave. Left to right are: Dylan Poplin, Luke Swaringen, Jonathan Carreto and Matt Bostic. HCC’s team finished fifth place overall against 24 other schools.    

The Haywood Community College student chapter of The Wildlife Society finished fifth place overall against 24 other schools at the 2018 Wildlife Society Conclave. Held at Louisiana State University, the HCC team finished just behind the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and NC State University. HCC students beat out both undergraduate and graduate students from other four-year schools and was one of only two two-year schools at the event.

The conclave provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation, as well as networking amongst students, faculty and wildlife professionals. Activities include a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities for professional development.

HCC has placed in the top five spots seven times in the last eight years. For 2018, the 19 students placed first overall in art competitions, fifth overall in intellectual competitions, fifth overall in team field competitions, ninth overall in physical competitions and twelfth overall in quiz bowl. 

The HCC team received a minigrant from the College’s Foundation to help pay for the trip.

HCC’s fish and wildlife management technology associate degree is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association and is currently the only one offered statewide. For more information, please call 828-627-4626 or visit

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