A University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H team placed third nationally against peers from 18 other states at the 33rd 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, held at the Annual North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.
In the competition, teams of young people tested their knowledge of dairy production at multiple levels. The Maine team included captain and Somerset County Happy Hooves 4-H Club member Leah Caverly of Clinton, and Maddy Gears of Cape Elizabeth, Grace Braley of Alton and Kristin Benson of Gorham, all members of the Cumberland County All-Star 4-H Dairy Club. Their coach was Connie Wood, a Cumberland County volunteer.
The Maine team won the first-round contest against Vermont, lost the next round to Wisconsin, then competed against Massachusetts, North Carolina, Minnesota and Virginia, respectively, winning each of those rounds. Finally, the Maine team lost a rematch with Wisconsin, which placed the Maine 4-H Quiz Bowl Team third in the national competition. New York placed first and Wisconsin placed second.
The event is valuable for young people because it broadens educational horizons and expands potential industry opportunities for them, according to Donna Amaral-Phillips, extension professor and extension dairy nutritionist at the University of Kentucky.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 60 countries. It currently enrolls 11,200 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in ground breaking research working with world-class scholars. Students are offered more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs, 75 master’s degree programs, 30 doctoral programs and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.
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Image Description: Front row left to right: Connie wood, coach, Leah Caverly, captain. Back row left to right: Maddy Gears, Kristin Benson, Grace Braley