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Copyright © 2014
Angus Journal

Kansas State University Team Captures
National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan. (Feb. 13, 2014) — A team of Kansas State University students went undefeated in three rounds of competition to win the National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Championship Feb. 6 in Nashville, Tenn. The competition was in conjunction with the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show.

Winning the 2014 National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl and representing K-State University are (from left) Ken Odde, Head of Department of Animal Sciences & Industry; Tyler Schultz, Kiah Gourley, Angela Vesco, Chase Miller; and Karol Fike, team advisor. Not pictured is team member Analena Simmons.
The competition is designed to provide opportunity for students to attend the convention to interact with beef industry personnel and to build future beef industry leaders, said Karol Fike, K-State faculty member and team advisor.

The K-State team beat Pennsylvania State University in the championship round. Other teams included Oklahoma State University and Montana State University.

To qualify for the national competition, K-State beat 15 other teams in the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon competition last March. They then went on to earn Reserve National Champion Academic Quadrathlon honors at the competition in conjunction with the national ASAS meetings in Indianapolis last July.

The students who comprised the K-State team at the national contest, their major and hometowns, included: Chase Miller, senior in animal sciences and industry, Harrisonburg, Va.; Kiah Gourley, senior in animal sciences and industry, Philomath, Ore.; Analena Simmons, 2013 graduate in feed science and management and minor in animal sciences and industry, Barnard, Kan.; Angela Vesco, 2013 graduate in animal sciences and industry, Winnemucca, Nev.; and Tyler Schultz, senior in animal sciences and industry, Haviland, Kan.

For the 10th straight year, the K-State team was sponsored by Fourth and Pomeroy Associates Inc. of Clay Center, Kan. Joe Ebert, Fourth and Pomeroy's vice president and general manager is a 1971 K-State graduate in animal sciences and industry. Jim Brown, company president is a 1959 graduate in feed science and management.

The competition was sponsored by Farm Credit, the National Cattlemen's Foundation and the American Society of Animal Science.

Editor’s Note: This article by Mary Lou Peter was originally provided as a news release by K-State Research and Extension. K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.