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Ferrum College Junior Wins Statewide Outdoor Writing Contest


Mallory Taylor honored by Virginia Outdoor Writers Association

Ferrum, Va. (May 12, 2011) – Winners of the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. 2010-2011 Collegiate Undergraduate were announced on April 14 at the organization’s Annual Meeting held at the beautiful Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County.

Our First Place Winner, Mallory Taylor is a junior (rising senior) at Ferrum College, who hails from Newsoms VA.  A student of Associate Professor of Forestry and Wildlife, Todd Fredericksen, her winning Essay was entitled Recreation Leadership: Where business Meets Adventure. Mallory is majoring in Recreation Leadership with a minor in business and ecotourism.  Mallory writes beautifully about choosing a career that relates to one’s interests and values rather than just being concerned about money.  Nature and the outdoors have always been a very important part of Mallory’s life and have shaped her career choice with a desire to pass on her passion to others.

Mallory is pictured in the accompanying photos with her parents, and with Bob Duncan, Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  Mallory received a cash prize and her entry will be considered for publication in Virginia Wildlife Magazine.

Marie Majarov, board member of the Association writes, “It was a pleasure meeting Mallory and her parents at our Annual Meeting, Mallory was so personable and articulate, she really impressed everyone present.  We are very proud of Mallory and her accomplishments and feel she will be a fine steward of the environment and hopefully will continue with her excellent writing about the outdoors.”


The second place winner was Brandon Fair a sophomore from Virginia Tech.  Brandon hails from Mount Sidney VA and is a Fisheries Science major in VT’s College of Natural Resources.  In the future he plans to pursue a career as a freshwater fish biologist.  Brandon’s essay Canadian Pinholes details a beautiful Canadian sunset and dazzling night sky, he experienced on a fishing trip with his dad and Boy Scout troop that sparked his love of the outdoors.