K-State Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathlon
Students compete to move on to the regional competition in Omaha, Nebraska.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon took place February 17-20. A total of 16 teams competed to represent K-State at the regional competition during the Midwest Society of Animal Science meetings in Omaha, Nebraska, March 1-3. Members of the champion team are Michaela Musselman, Clay Center, Kansas; Katie Lybarger, Garnett, Kansas; Damon Smith, Waterville, Kansas; and Anna Behrens, Norwich, Kansas.
Each team participated in four events: laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation and quiz bowl.
In the laboratory practicum, the team demonstrated application of animal sciences knowledge to 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 may involve any area related to animal production and products. Each team worked on one exam, dividing the questions as they chose.
In the oral presentation, students choose from a list of topics related to animal agriculture and have two weeks to prepare a 10- to 14-minute presentation on the topic.
In the quiz bowl, questions may be on any topic that relates to animal agriculture and can be answered quickly. Brackets are created based on written exam performance.
On their way to earning overall champion honors, the team earned first in the quiz bowl and written exam, and tied for third place in the laboratory practicum.
Champion team members will receive a $200 scholarship and custom belt buckles crafted by Max Lang Buckles, Houston, Texas. Sixteen-year sponsor of the K-State Academic Quadrathlon and the K-State team is Fourth & Pomeroy Associates, Clay Center, Kansas.