The Wisconsin 4-H Quiz Bowl and Skillathon contests were both held on Saturday, April 9th at the University of Wisconsin Madison Animal Sciences Building. Livestock Quiz Bowl, in its 17th year, is a competition where questions are about beef, sheep, swine and meat goat topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer. Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a judge. Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round. A group discussion round is included in the senior division to simulate the national competition.
The Senior Quiz Bowl winner represents Wisconsin at the National 4-H Quiz Bowl contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY in November. The winning team of the senior division (14 years of age or older) was Sheboygan County. Members included: Brayden Peter, Ethan Kohlman, Chloe Breunig, and Kathryn Schwartz
Second place in Senior Quiz Bowl went to Grant County: Jessica Patterson, Avery Crooks, Shelby Knoble, Alayna Barth, Michael Edgington
Winner of the Junior Quiz Bowl division (under 14 years old) was Sheboygan County. Members included Leo Gartman, Audrey Gartman, Eleanor Seifert, and William Schwartz.
Second place went to Iowa County. Members include: Caleb Formo, Tyler Vondra, Sam Sennhenn
Winner of the Mixed division (must contain at least one youth from each age division) was Sheboygan County. Team members included: Alisha Klemme, Haylie Habeck, Alison Gartman, and Olivia Kohlman. Iowa County was second place. Members included: Andrew Formo, Payton Heins, Johnny Robinson, and Riley Sennhenn.
In the Skillathon contest, participants complete a 25-question written test, 4 individual skill-a-thon stations where contestants take part in livestock breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification and meat identification. The final portion is the team exercises where each team works together to best solve 4 different scenarios involving live animals and animal management concepts. This phase helps youth learn problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork.
The winning 4-H Skillathon team was from Jackson County “green” team and will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Skillathon Contest in Louisville, KY in November. Members include: Kaden Moseley, Grace Kling, Wyatt Berg, Austin Laufenberg. Second place senior team was Jackson County “white” team which included Jake Kling, Jake Laufenberg, Luke Fisher
Top Ten Overall Senior Skillathon Individuals were: Wyatt Berg, Jackson Green; Braydon Peter, Sheboygan; Grace Kling, Jackson Green; Kaden Moseley, Jackson Green; Luke Fisher, Jackson White; Candace Lein, Portage; Jake Kling, Jackson White; Lindsey Schmoll, Marathon; Samantha Rake, Columbia; Alison Leonard, Marathon
Sheboygan County #1 topped the junior division. Members included: Leo Gartman, Audrey Gartman, Eleanor Seifert, and William Schwartz. Second place was Sheboygan County #2. Team members were Luke Habeck, Henry Gartman, Isabel Fisher, and Bryce Peter.
Top Ten Overall Junior Skillathon Individuals were: Caleb Formo, Iowa; Isabel Fisher, Sheboygan; Kaden Butts, Rock; William Schwartz, Sheboygan; Audrey Gartman, Sheboygan; Bryce Laufenberg, Jackson; Justin Kling, Jackson; Lane Cross, Columbia; JJ Helstad, Jackson; Luke Habeck, Sheboygan 2
In the Mixed division, Jackson County was 1st place. Members included: Brenna Thorson, Morgan Lindow, Morgan Berg, Julia Brown, and Amara Streff. Grant County B was second place. Team members were: Luke Patterson, Leah Patterson, Cameron Patterson, and Libby Vogt
Top Ten Overall Mixed Skillathon Individuals were: Brenna Thorson, Jackson; Luke Patterson, Grant B; Libby Vogt, Grant B; Amara Streff, Jackson; Morgan Berg, Jackson; Andrew Formo, Iowa; Gwen Riedel, Grant A; Leah Patterson, Grant B; Cameron Patterson, Grant B; Morgan Lindow, Jackson
These events were organized and facilitated by Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, and Jill Jorgensen, 4-H Youth Development Agriculture and Animal Science Outreach Specialist, and partially funded by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. Numerous judges and helpers from across the state assisted in the success of these contests.