Penn State Animal Science Students Reserve Champions in National Beef Quiz Bowl
Posted: February 20, 2014
From left: Linda Davis, trustee, National Cattleman's Foundation; Vance Brown; Kimberly Langhans; Kelsey Morgan; Derek Wasson; and Dr. Greg Lardy, president, ASAS.
Students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science were reserve national champions in the National College Beef Quiz Bowl at the 2014 National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual convention held in Nashville, TN, on February 6.
Members of the 2014 team are Vance Brown, Port Matilda; Kimberly Langhans, Elizabethville; Kelsey Morgan, Mapleton Depot; and Derek Wasson, Centre Hall. Dr. Dan Kniffen, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, and Dale Olver, Instructor of Animal Science, helped mentor the team; they were accompanied by Jana Peters, Animal Science Advising Coordinator.
Kansas State University beat Penn State in the championship round. Other teams in competition included Oklahoma State University and Montana State University.
Penn State teams have won the contest 11 times, more than any other university since the inception of the contest in 1993; and they placed second seven times. This is the 19th time in 22 years that Penn State has represented the Northeast Region in the National Championship event.
Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "We are extraordinarily proud of the legacy of excellence shown by our students over the years at the National Beef Quiz Bowl, how superbly they have competed with the very best in the country. I congratulate them; their success demonstrates their strong commitment to excellence, and is reflective of the strong academic background our undergraduate students receive."
In the event, students are asked questions pertaining to various disciplines related to cattle and beef production, including nutrition, physiology, meat science, and genetics, as well as current events in the national cattle industry. With four members to a team, the contest features double elimination, and the team with the best record wins.
The Collegiate Quiz Bowl develops future leaders through decision making, broadening communication skills, expanding their knowledge and developing personal character and leadership.
The contestants also attended the Cattle Industry Annual Convention that is hosted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). The convention is the largest beef-focused trade show in the country with more than 6,500 beef enthusiasts attending. The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit and conducted by the National Cattlemen's Foundation and the American Society of Animal Science.