A recent grad of the College of New Caledonia took second place in a national applied research and technology report contest. Alex Tranq was awarded Friday afternoon at the college. He was recognized by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board for his technical writing evaluating western larch trees in the region. Tranq wrote the report for Sinclar Group Forest Products. He says receiving the award was a total surprise and it will hold him in good stead as he moves forward in his career in forestry.