Columbia County 4-H livestock quiz bowl team heads to nationals

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Columbia County 4-H Senior Team – Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon team members are pictured (from left) Justin Taylor, Zach Mickelson, Hayden Taylor, and Tyler Cross.

Columbia County’s Senior 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team recently took home top honors at the Wisconsin 4-H Quiz Bowl and Skillathon competition on the UW-Madison Campus.  

Livestock Quiz Bowl 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 team winner at the state level will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Quiz Bowl contest at AKSARBEN in Grand Island, NE in September, 2018.  

Senior division

Winner (14 years of age or older) - Columbia County. Team members - Zach Mickelson (DeForest), Justin Taylor (Arlington), Hayden Taylor (Arlington), and Tyler Cross (Poynette),  from the Arlington Prairie Producers 4-H club. Coach -Todd Taylor.  

Second place in Senior Quiz Bowl went to Iowa County.

4-H Livestock Skillathon

Columbia County 4-H Junior Team – Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon members are pictured (from left) Summer Rake, Ryli Theis, Faith Baerwolf, Macy Cross, and Samantha Rake.

Columbia County’s senior team placed second overall in this event  The team included Mickelson,Taylor, Taylor and Cross. Coach -Todd Taylor.

Zach Mickelson placed 9th in the top 10 senior division overall individuals.  

Senior Quiz Individual rankings: Zach Mickelson - eighth; Justin Taylor - ninth. Senior Skillathon Individual: Zach Mickelson - ninth.    

In the junior division of competition for both the 4-H livestock quiz bowl and 4-H skillathon, five girls participated from Columbia County - Samantha Rake (Lodi), Summer Rake (Lodi), Faith Baerwolf (Columbus), Macy Cross (Pardeeville), and Ryli Thies (Poynette). Their team placed second overall. This team was coached by Cara Cross and Todd Taylor.

Top 10 junior division overall individuals for Columbia County: Samantha Rake - third; Faith Baerwolf - fourth. 

Junior Skillathon individual: Samantha Rake - second; Faith Baerwolf - third; Macy Cross -10th.  

For more information about 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and/or 4-H Livestock Skillathon, contact the Columbia County UW Extension Office at 608-742-9680.