Clemson Earns Second Place in IFT Regional College Bowl

On Saturday, March 25th, Clemson’s Food Science College Bowl team came just short of earning a return trip to the National IFT Tournament this summer. Led by captain and graduate student, JoAnna Gorchesky, the team fell to the University of Georgia in the final round of the regional tournament. Other team members included graduate students Hung Trang and Brian Wedell and undergraduates Maggie Dunn, Matt Craig, and Benton Maddox.

Competing against seven teams this year at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, the Clemson team lost the first round to UGA, and then lost to them again in the final round. The double elimination format meant that Clemson had been eliminated and would fail to win the competition for the third year in a row. “College bowl this year was very competitive,” said JoAnna, “but I'm really proud of our team. Everyone worked really hard to prepare for the competition, plus they were so dedicated they all agreed to cut their spring breaks early a few days to go compete! College bowl weekend is always so much fun.” Over the years, the team has become good friends with students from the other schools and also made connections with different judges and moderators who work in industry. JoAnna added how “people always say to our team how they loved our kitchen or the packaging labs [at Clemson], and we are always equally impressed by the research being done at other universities in our region.”

About IFT SA College Bowl
"Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia. The College Bowl is designed to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate the students' desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition. Teams for IFT Student Chapters in eight geographical areas of the Student Association compete in area competitions prior to the IFT Annual Meeting. The winning teams from the eight areas then compete in a final competition at the Annual Meeting. All finalists receive a $1000 travel grant. The national champion earns a $1000 award, and the runner-up a $750 award."

2013 Clemson College Bowl Team