Agribusiness club

Back row left to right: Caleb Orr; Bennett Hall; McCauley Frierson; Adam Turner; Cody White; Reid Vierling; Haylea Carter; Lawrence Sandifer. Front row left to right: Alanah Frye; Claudia Harris; Hall Harris; Michael Vassalos; Ashlyn Hatcher; English Ratliff.

MOBILE, Alabama — For the third consecutive year, a team of Clemson University agribusiness students had an impressive showing at the Southern Agricultural Economics Academic Bowl.

Cody White, a senior from Abbeville, and Reid Vierling, a senior from Iva, finished second and fourth, respectively, in the team quiz bowl competition.

Nine students from Clemson’s Agribusiness Association participated in the annual competition. Overall, the competition included 32 teams and 128 participants from 22 different schools.

Team members included: Caleb Orr, senior agribusiness major from Branchville, New Jersey; Bennett Hall, senior agribusiness major from Colombia; Adam Turner, senior agribusiness major from Easley;  White; Vierling; Haylea Carter, senior agribusiness major from Ninety Six; Lawrence Sandiffer, senior agribusiness major from Spring Hope, North Carolina; Alanah Frye, senior agribusiness major from Lexington; and Ashlyn Hatcher, junior agribusiness major from Lake View.

“Schools from all over the country come together to compete. The competition is always fun and exciting. Not only do we get to show off what we’ve learned, but also get to meet great people who share similar interests with us,” said Frye.

“Team adviser Michael Vassalos and coach McCauley Frierson are responsible for our success,” said White.

The Clemson University Agribusiness Club highlights diverse career opportunities, fosters leadership and promotes professional development though various Clemson-sponsored activities and interaction with outside organizations through field trips and conferences.

“Overall, every student that participated on the event represented Clemson’s agribusiness program exceptionally well,” said Vassalos.