ATHENS, Ga. — On May 13, 40 youth participated in the virtual 2021 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl supported by The Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and Milk Check-Off.
Youth participating in the quiz bowl receive a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate that knowledge in a competitive and thought-stimulating environment and gain important life skills, such as confidence, independence and compassion. They also strengthen decision-making and leadership skills in an environment which allows contribution to a group effort, encouraging teamwork and collaboration with a diverse group of peers.
“Every year that I work with this contest, I’m astounded by the depth and breadth of knowledge of our young people in the state,“ said Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension dairy science specialist. “The youth this year came to the contest not only with understanding of the dairy industry but with enthusiasm for the competition. A hard-fought double elimination event, they thought, collaborated, buzzed, laughed and made a great 2021 State Dairy Quiz Bowl competition. Congratulations to all competitors as you should all be incredibly proud.”
Two divisions of teams compete during the quiz bowl, junior and senior, and each county was permitted to enter two teams in each division. If a team contained more than four members, the top three individual scores were used to establish the team score.
Senior competitors were given one attempt to complete a 100-question multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank test in a limited time frame to gauge their knowledge of dairy nutrition, calf management, parlor management and reproduction, as well as current events and statistics within the dairy industry.
A team plaque will be presented to the first place junior and senior teams. The winning senior team will also represent Georgia at the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in November in Louisville, Kentucky.
2021 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl winners
Senior First Place Team — Alicia Carnes, Alyssa Haag, Robie Lucas and Kalani Washington, Oconee County, Team A
Senior Second Place Team — Emmaline Cunningham, Tony Gray, Abby Joyner and Holt Sapp, Burke County
Third Place Team — Jack Durham Marable, Lexi Pritchard, Lilly Anna Smith and Thomas Stewart, Oconee County, Team B
Junior First Place Team — Maggie Cunningham, Macy Doyen, Sara Morgan Sapp and Emree Williams, Burke County
Junior Second Place Team — Hoke Lucas, Blakely Stewart, Bryson Woodruff and McCall Woodruff, Oconee County
Junior Third Place Team — Nolan Hahn, Gillian Ramponi, Josie Roberson and Caeden Swartz, Coweta County
Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.
–Heather Shultz, University of Georgia