March 29, 2013 | By: Aimee Nielson

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Resources recently received many honors at the organization’s national conference in Sacramento, Calif., including Chapter of the Year and National Adviser of the Year.
The UK MANRRS group also brought home several individual awards in different competition categories including:
  • First place Impromptu Speaking and third place Graduate Oral Research – Erica Flores, master’s degree candidate in community and leadership development.
  •  First place Impromptu Speaking, first place Written Essay and third place Public Speaking all in the Jr. MANRRS category – Mackenzie Jones of Franklin County.
  • Second place Graduate Poster Research – Jessi Ghezi, doctoral candidate in plant and soil sciences.
  • National Adviser of the Year – Quentin Tyler
In addition to the awards, UK MANRRS member Marquel Lett, a sophomore in natural resources, will be the new national undergraduate vice president and Maurisha Ross, graduate student in community and leadership development, will be the new national graduate president. The UK MANRRS chapter also was named Regional Chapter of the Year.
Quentin Tyler is the assistant dean and director for the UK College of Agriculture Office of Diversity and the MANRRS adviser.
“These awards show that we are being recognized for our accomplishments and that the UK College of Agriculture has outstanding students who can compete at a very high level,” Tyler said. “And it also speaks to the outstanding support our students get from the College of Agriculture administration, faculty and staff, which ultimately leads to the professional development of our students. The college is a place where all students can develop their talents and reach their goals and dreams.”

Quentin Tyler, 859-257-3482

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