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APSU GeoClub’s geodes hammer out GeoConclave championship

October 1, 2018 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – For the first time ever, Austin Peay State University’s GeoClub won the top two honors of the GeoConclave, a competition that tests the academic and physical talents of six regional universities’ geology students.

GeoClub attendees were, front row from left, John Butkevicius, Jennifer Stephens, Stiggy Stephens (dog), Brittany Welch, Jeanette Williams and Sarah Burkholder, and back row from the left, Tina Silverman, Lily Poteete, Dawn Grice, Jamin Welch, Chad Bolding and Nate Burkholder.

GeoClub attendees were, front row from left, John Butkevicius, Jennifer Stephens, Stiggy Stephens (dog), Brittany Welch, Jeanette Williams and Sarah Burkholder, and back row from the left, Tina Silverman, Lily Poteete, Dawn Grice, Jamin Welch, Chad Bolding and Nate Burkholder.

In a competition that includes geode bowling (yes, the bowling of geodes) and rock hammer throwing (yes, the throwing of rock hammers), that’s pretty darned cool.

Eleven GeoClub members attended the event September 25th at Fall Creek Falls State Park and won GeoConclave overall champions and the 35th Annual Rock Bowl.

Other universities at the event were Murray State, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech, the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“We’ve never won both trophies at the same time (during the 35 years),” Jennifer Stephens, president of the GeoClub, said. “We couldn’t believe it. We felt really confident going into the Rock Bowl, winning those events, but I didn’t really believe it until I heard.

“We just wrecked everyone’s world.”

‘We Didn’t Even Study’

Austin Peay’s GeoClub left their mark (with a bunch of others) at the Fall Creek Falls cabin. It says “APSU – GeoConclave Champs 2018, ‘We didn’t even study.’”

Austin Peay’s GeoClub left their mark (with a bunch of others) at the Fall Creek Falls cabin. It says “APSU – GeoConclave Champs 2018, ‘We didn’t even study.’”

Previously drawn graffiti lined the walls and door of the GeoClub’s cabin at Fall Creek Falls, and club members added their own mark before leaving this year’s competition.

“APSU – GeoConclave Champs 2018,” the scrawl reads, and in smaller letters below, “We didn’t even study.”

The biggest competition at the conclave is the Rock Bowl, an elimination-style tournament that pits school against school in a battle of geologic knowledge.

Austin Peay beat Murray State in Round 1, Tennessee Tech in Round 2 and MTSU in the finals.

Is Chicken Hotter Than Magma?

Jeanette Williams readies to throw a rock hammer. She earned first place in the event.

Jeanette Williams readies to throw a rock hammer. She earned first place in the event.

Other academic contests included hydrogeology, geologic mapping, mineral identification, pace and compass, rock identification and fossil identification.

And the physical competitions were, yep, geode bowling and rock hammer throwing.

Another competition happened during lunch, when two students from each school competed in “Pressure and Temperature,” sponsored by the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

“One student had to eat hot chicken as fast as they could, and the other student had to answer questions on metamorphic petrology (the study of rocks and how they form),” Stephens said.

Stephens and teammate John Butkevicius won third place.

“John is not a fan of hot chicken, but he did it,” Stephens said.

APSU Geoclub’s Mountainous Results

Jennifer Stephens and John Butkevicius show off their awards after the Pressure and Temperature competition. Butkevicius ate a lot of Hattie B’s hot chicken for the honor.

Jennifer Stephens and John Butkevicius show off their awards after the Pressure and Temperature competition. Butkevicius ate a lot of Hattie B’s hot chicken for the honor.

  • Hydrogeology: Jennifer Stephens, first place.
  • Mineral Identification: Jennifer Stephens, first place.
  • Pace & Compass: John Butkevicius, first place.
  • Rock Identification: Brittany Welch, second place.
  • Fossil Identification: John Butkevicius, second place.
  • Women’s Rock Hammer Throw, Accuracy: Jeanette Williams, first place.
  • Women’s Geode Roll, Distance: Dawn Grice, first place.
  • Men’s Geode Roll, Distance: Chad Bolding, first place.
  • Men’s Geode Roll, Accuracy: Chad Bolding, first place.
  • GeoConclave Overall Champions: Austin Peay.
  • GeoConclave Rock Bowl Champions: Austin Peay.

 

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To find out more about the GeoClub, go to https://apsu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/geo-club

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