K-State Research and Extension News
March 18, 2013
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K-State Animal Science Students Heading to National Competition

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Named Midwest Regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon Champions

DES MOINES, Iowa – A team of Kansas State University students won the 2013 Midwest Regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon held in Des Moines, Iowa, March 10-13. The team competed against 16 other university teams.

The students who comprised the K-State team, their major and hometowns, included: Chase Miller, junior in animal sciences and industry, Harrisonbury, Va.; Kiah Gourley, junior in animal sciences and industry, Philomath, Ore.; Analena Simmons, senior in feed science and management and minor in animal sciences and industry, Barnard, Kan.; and Angela Vesco, senior in animal sciences and industry, Winnemucca, Nev. Karol Fike, faculty member in animal science, serves as the team advisor.

The competition includes four events: laboratory practicum, quiz bowl, oral presentation and written exam. The material in the events covers animal science and industry information, with the oral presentation focusing on related topics currently in the news.

The K-State won the in oral presentation, placed third in laboratory practicum and tied for third in the written exam. The oral presentation topic was the role of animal products in a healthy diet. 

K-State’s team is 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, and Joe Brown, company president is a 1959 graduate in feed science and management. 

The regional competition followed a local academic quadrathlon in February at K-State, where 16 teams made up of K-State students competed to move on to the regional competition. The team will represent K-State and the Midwest Region at the national competition this July in Indianapolis, Ind. held in conjunction with the American Society of Animal Science meetings.


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Story by: Elaine Edwards
K-State Research & Extension News

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