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K-State Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathlon

KSU team places third at Midwest ASAS competition.

2021 Academic QuadrathlonMANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon took place February 22-25. A total of 17 teams comprising 67 students competed this year. Members of the champion team are Ally Leslie, Inman, Kansas; Emily Headrick, Kismet, Kansas; Emily Prugh, Elkhart, Indiana; and Jerilyn Nelson, Holton, Kansas. The team represented K-State at the regional competition as part of the Midwest section of the American Society of Animal Science meeting, which was hosted virtually March 6-7.

The K-State team placed third overall in the Midwest ASAS virtual competition. The team placed second in lab practicum, written exam and quiz bowl. Seven teams competed. 

In the local competition, 17 teams participated in four events: laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation and quiz bowl. 

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. Then, they have two weeks to prepare a 10- to 14-minute presentation on the topic.  

In the quiz bowl, questions may be asked 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, this year’s champion team earned first in the written exam and laboratory practicum, and second place in the quiz bowl. 

The overall champion team members received a custom belt buckle crafted by Max Lang Buckles, Houston, Texas. Seventeen-year sponsor of the K-State Academic Quadrathlon and the K-State team is Fourth & Pomeroy Associates, Clay Center, Kansas.