K-State Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathlon

K-State Quadrathlon Team named Champions at Midwest ASAS competition.

2024 Academic Quadrathlon

MANHATTAN, Kan. –The Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon team placed first at the Midwest section of the American Society of Animal Science meeting. The event was hosted in Madison, Wisconsin, March 10-13.

Members of the K-State team were Sierra Collier, Skiatook, Oklahoma; Audrey Tarochione, London Mills, Illinois; Sydney Rohlman, Pretty Prairie, Kansas; and Anna Ideus, Beatrice, Nebraska. The team tied for first place with the University of Missouri. Ten midwestern universities competed. The team placed first in the lab practicum and written exam, and second in the oral presentation and quiz bowl. >> Pictures from Midwest ASAS

In the local competition Feb. 19-22, 17 teams participated in four events: laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl. >> Pictures from the local competition

In the laboratory practicum, the teams solve hands-on problems involving animal science knowledge such as animal management and care. The work at each station usually involves a species such as beef or swine or a disciplinary area such as physiology or meats.

The written exam questions involve any area related to animal science concepts and principles. Each team worked on one exam, dividing the questions as they choose.

In the oral presentation, students choose from a list of current, animal science related topics such as “cultured meat,” sustainability in animal agriculture, or use of gene editing and in the quiz bowl, questions may be asked on any topic that relates to animal agriculture and can be answered quickly.

Thank you to Joe Ebert, retired vice president and general manager of Fourth & Pomeroy Associates of Clay Center and a 1971 K-State ASI graduate, for sponsoring the K-State Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon this year and thank you to Morgan Zumbaugh, K-State ASI assistant professor, for serving as the Academic Quadrathlon coordinator.