For the 54 Vermont 4-H club members who participated in the state 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Randolph Center, the annual event provided an opportunity to match wits with other 4-H'ers on everything dairy-related, from what cows eat to herd health, cattle breeds and genetics.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension hosted the event at Vermont Technical College. The competition consisted of a written test and several rounds of oral questions, with the combined scores from each used to determine the winners in each age group.
In an unusual turn of events, the winner of the senior division (ages 14 and up), Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier, is ineligible for the 2013 Vermont Dairy Quiz Bowl Team because her birthday falls after the cutoff date for eligibility, making her too young to compete nationally. Instead, the team will be made up of the second through fifth-highest scorers in the senior division.
They include Jake Senecal, Bradford; Shelby Biasini, Morrisville; Levi Vaughan, East Thetford; and Tim Carson, Newbury. First alternate is Kelli Jerome, Leicester. Second alternate is Devin Mitchell, Richford. The team will represent the state in quiz bowl competition at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass., in September, and the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, Louisville, Ky., in November.
Junior division winners, by age group, and in order of placement were:
8 to 9 years old: Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier; Peter Thornton, South Royalton; Sadie Ellner, Morrisville; Michael Plouffe, Bridport.
10 to 11 years old: Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Chandra Stanley, Enosburg Falls; Lucy Kelley, Morrisville; Adele Biasini, Morrisville.
12 to 13 years old: Lilli Seward, East Wallingford; Maddie Nadeau, Derby; Andrew Seward, East Wallingford; Will Ringey, Brandon.
For more information about the Vermont 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418 or firstname.lastname@example.org