March Mammal Madness at Exeter-Milligan

By Laura Steuben

Every March, while much of the world is fixated on the NCAA basketball tournament, an equally fierce competition made its way to Exeter-Milligan. It's called March Mammal Madness, and it pits different species of mammals against each other in an epic battle bracket. March Mammal Madness was created in 2013 to educate people about mammals and evolution through a fun, engaging competition. Each year, mammals are placed into brackets and matched against one another in hypothetical combat scenarios. Miss Sliefert and her zoology class provided this educational opportunity for EM. Students and staff completed their brackets, and the elementary and Miss Sleifert gathered a couple of times each week to get updates on the brackets. One could not only see the excitement of the elementary students, but you could hear it as they cheered when their mammals advanced in the tournament. It was a fun, educational experience for all!