4-H Students From 20 States Compete at Dairy Quiz Bowl

The following release and photo was provided by Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Program Specialist, The Ohio State University. Click the photo to view at full size in a new window.

Young people who have set their sights on a career in the dairy business, or in some other aspect of agriculture turned out in big numbers to compete at the 2010 Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville.

The Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl took place on November 6-7 at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Ohio brought home the top honors in this prestigious youth Dairy Quiz Bowl which has been an annual event for 31 consecutive years.

Teams of young people from 20-states competed for top honors by testing their knowledge on many levels of the dairy business.

The contest began on Friday, November 5 with a written test, and the teams competed in the toss up question phases on Saturday, November 6

The contest includes a double elimination. Ohio was advancing through the main bracket and then was beat by the team from New York, so they went to the consolation rounds. They ended up being undefeated in the consolation rounds, resulting in them going against the winner of the main bracket - New York.

The tension began to rise, but Ohio came out the winner. However, this was New York's first loss in a double elimination contest. So, Ohio and New York were required to match up at the touch of the buzzers for a third time. When the test scores and answers from the toss up, team questions, and bonuses were all added together, Ohio was the winner! Congratulations to these 4-H kids for their hard work and to their coaches.

The Ohio team and their coaches were recognized at a gala banquet on November 7. Team members included Rachel Townsley of Champaign County, Brandon Meier, Sam Weeman, and Eileen Gress of Wayne County, and Billy Grammer (alternate) from Mahoning County. Coaches were Lisa Gress, Lorraine Townsley, and Julie Martig.

Dr. Donna M. Amaral-Phillips, Extension Professor & Extension Dairy Nutritionist at the University of Kentucky, has been the contest superintendent for 22 years, and she confirmed that team entries this year were up by three teams over last year. Dr. Amaral-Phillips observed that the increase in team entries this year is evidence of the importance of the Dairy Quiz Bowl.

“Even though the national economy is struggling, educators and youth continue to place high emphasis on quality training programs,” said Dr. Amaral-Phillips.

The North American International Livestock Exposition is the world’s largest purebred livestock exposition and youth participation at every level has always been a high priority. PTD

Did you compete in the Dairy Quiz Bowl contest? Leave a comment below or post your own blog and tell us about it!

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Comment by Emily Caldwell on November 29, 2010 at 10:37am
Pictured in the photo are:
Standing left to right: Rachel Townsley, Brandon Meier, Sam Weeman, Billy Grammer (alternate)
Seated left to right: Coaches Lisa Gress and Lorraine Townsley, Eileen Gress

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