AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl team recently placed third at the AKSARBEN 4-H Invitational Quiz Bowl Competition. The team consisted of members from Shelby, Autauga and Houston counties. Team members included:
- Will Meadows – Houston County
- Christy Miller – Shelby County
- Jerry Miller – Shelby County
- Trace Strock – Autauga County
The team earned the right to compete at the contest held in Grand Island, Nebraska after they won the state 4-H Quiz Bowl contest in January.
“This was an outstanding showing for this group,” said Ricky Colquitt, Shelby County Extension coordinator. “This was only the second year they have competed.”
Colquitt, who also served as the team’s coach, said the team put in a lot of study time.
“There is a tremendous amount of material they have to be familiar with,” he said. “Any question during the quiz bowl is up for grabs.”
As part of the AKSARBEN Stock Show, more than 500 young people from across the country compete. In addition to the quiz bowl and judging contests, stock shows featuring market steer, breeding and market heifers, swine, goats, sheep and chickens are held. Colquitt said a total of 14 teams from other states competed in the quiz bowl contest.
During the competition, the team analyzed complex problems and made informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental and livestock industry issues. They demonstrated a high level of decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, self-confidence as well as teamwork.
Pictured left to right are Christy Miller (Shelby County), Trace Strock (Autauga County), Jerry Miller (Shelby County), Will Meadows (Houston County) and Ricky Colquitt (Shelby County Extension Coordinator).