San Antonio, TX—Clemson Agribusiness students participated in the annual Southern Agricultural Economics Association’s Academic Bowl.

In her first year competing at the event, Erica Prescott, a senior from Gray Court, captured second place in the competition.

Twenty-two universities participated in the event, with 146 individual undergraduate students competed.


Agribiz Club President, English Ratliff (L), with 2nd Place Award Winner, Erica Prescott (R)

The Clemson team proved to be a young but competent group, with this being the first Academic Bowl for 4 out of the 6 team members. The team included: English Ratliff, senior from Summerville, SC; Zachary Sharp, senior from York; Caleb Orr, junior from Branchville, NJ; Bennett Hall, senior from Columbia; and David Eagleson, senior from Severna Park, MD.

“This was my first competition with SAEA, but I enjoyed meeting people. We had a great team that seemed to work well together and I ultimately won 2nd place in the competition. Playing on a team with people that you do not know was difficult because you have limited time to come up with any strategy and get to know them, but we made it work,” Prescott said. “I really enjoyed getting to know my fellow Clemson, Agribusiness students that went to Texas with me, and I feel like our Agribusiness association grew closer because of the trip. I look forward to possibly going to Boston for the National competition in July.”

“Following last year’s success of first, third, and fourth place, the students this year had big shoes to fill. Their endeavor was more difficult considering that for four of them it was the first time they participate in an academic competition. The entire team rose to the challenge and represented Clemson extremely well,” said Michael Vassalos, assistant professor in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

This is the third trip to this academic competition in the last 5 years, placing in the top four teams on two of those attempts.

“This is a great achievement considering that the competition includes schools such as UK, Florida, and Purdue that participate constantly in the event,” Vassalos said.