K-State Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathlon
KSU team places second at Midwest ASAS competition.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon team placed second at the Midwest section of the American Society of Animal Science meeting. The event was hosted in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska March 13-14.
Members of the K-State team who bested 19 other teams at the local competition are Chance Kopsa, Beloit, Kansas; Scotney Reichenberger, Wichita, Kansas; Serena Schotanus, Tipton, California; and Jessica Smallfield, Jefferson City, Missouri. The team placed first in written exam and second in lab practicum and quiz bowl. Eleven midwestern universities competed.
In the local competition Feb. 21-24, 20 teams including 80 students 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 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.
Eighteenth-year sponsor of the K-State Academic Quadrathlon and the K-State team is Fourth & Pomeroy Associates, Clay Center, Kansas. During the past 18 years, more than 1,000 students have competed in the local Academic Quadrathlon.