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Penn State Students Win National Collegiate Quiz Bowl

Posted: February 11, 2015

Penn State teams have won the contest, held at the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, twelve times.
Winning team members for Penn State are, from left: Olivia Rush, Amy Kraus, Chad Horst and Stephen Smith.

Winning team members for Penn State are, from left: Olivia Rush, Amy Kraus, Chad Horst and Stephen Smith.

A team of students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science took top honors in the 2015 National Collegiate Quiz Bowl, held in conjunction with the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb 6.

Members of the winning team were Chad Horst, Newmanstown; Amy Kraus,Aliquippa; Olivia Rush, Doylestown; and Stephen Smith, Hawley. The team's advisors were Dale Olver, Instructor of Animal Science and Dan Kniffen, Assistant Professor of Animal Science.

Penn State teams have won the contest 12 times, more than any other university since its inception; and they placed second eight times.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "We are extremely proud of our students and their outstanding performance at the National Beef Quiz Bowl. They continue a remarkable legacy of success, in competition with the best in the country. I congratulate them, as well as the coaches and faculty who work hard to prepare them; this is a wonderful tribute to their commitment and dedication to excellence."

The Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl is a double elimination competition, with each round consisting of 25 questions about various aspects of the beef industry, including nutrition, physiology, meat science, genetics and current events. Every fourth question answered correctly allows for a bonus question.

The quiz bowl is designed to help develop future leaders through industry-oriented education and competition while also offering students the opportunity to be part of the annual cattle convention. The convention is the largest beef-focused trade show in the country with more than 8200 beef enthusiasts attending. Participating teams earn the right to compete in the national competition by winning their ASAS section's competition of the Academic Quadrathlon. This is the 20th time Penn State has represented the Northeast Region in the National Championship event.

The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit Services and presented by the National Cattlemen's Foundation and the American Society of Animal Science.

Other teams in the competition were Texas A&M University (Southern Region) and the Montana State University (Western Region).