Two teams earned livestock quiz bowl state championships at the inaugural Iowa 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl held Saturday, March 24, at Iowa State University.
The champion senior team was from Boone County and included team members Ebony Scott, Makenzie Weyhrich, Viatris Scott and McKayla Dozier.
The winning mixed team was the Bulldogs from Adair and Kossuth counties comprised of Tucker Rohrig, Madison Suhr, Lukas James and Brady Allen.
A quiz bowl round consists of 28 questions relating to the beef, goat, sheep and swine industries as well as current event questions. Teams competed in a double-elimination style contest, with two divisions consisting of a senior division for youth ages 14-19 and a mixed division for teams with youth of all ages. This is the first year that 4-H has hosted the event and the state winning senior team will represent Iowa at the National 4-H contest held during AKSARBEN this fall in Grand Island, Neb.
The event was organized by Amy Powell, youth STEM program specialist in animal science with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The goals of the quiz bowl are for youth to develop positive interests and attitudes about animal science and related careers, gain a base of knowledge of animal science projects, utilize skills and abilities to solve everyday situations, to process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental, and livestock industry issues and ultimately have an increased number of participants seek out higher education opportunities and careers related to animal science.
“This event would not have been possible without help from the Animal Science An-Cy Guides and graduate students that conducted the contest,” Powell said.