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Penn State Students Place Second in National Quiz Bowl

Posted: February 4, 2016

Team competed as representatives of the Eastern Region at the 2016 National Quiz Bowl held as part of the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show.
Quiz Bowl team members, from left: Michelle Hartzell, Elizabeth Palmer, National Cattlement's Foundation Representative Linda Davidson, Jana Peters, Amber Gabel and Jaylene Lesher.

Quiz Bowl team members, from left: Michelle Hartzell, Elizabeth Palmer, National Cattlement's Foundation Representative Linda Davidson, Jana Peters, Amber Gabel and Jaylene Lesher.

 A team of students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science placed second in the 2016 National Collegiate Quiz Bowl, held in conjunction with the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Diego, CA, Jan. 27-29.

Team members were Amber Gabel, Newport; Michelle Hartzell, Slippery Rock; Jaylene Lesher, Bernville; and Elizabeth Palmer?, Bernville. Jana Peters, Animal Science Advising Coordinator, was the team's adviser.

Teams were eligible because of winning their section of the American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon in 2015, with Pennsylvania representing the Eastern Region for the 21st time. The University of Minnesota, Midwest Region, placed first and Oregon State University, Western Region, was third.

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

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "I congratulate our students for their great success in competition with the best in the country at the National Beef Quiz Bowl.  I am very proud of them for their hard work and dedication in preparing for the challenging questions, and appreciate the commitment of the faculty and coaches in their training."

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 helps develop future leaders through industry-oriented education and competition while giving 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 7000 beef enthusiasts attending.

The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit Services and presented by the National Cattlemen's Foundation and the American Society of Animal Science. The first contest was held in 1990.