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4-H members advance to National Dairy Quiz Bowl

Four 4-H members earned the right to advance to the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest during the statewide 4-H contest held Saturday, March 7 at the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.

The national competition team includes Bria Koester, Dakota; Brock Irwin, Belvidere; Charlie Elliot, Freeport; and Julia Mitchell, Winnebago. First alternate is Elizabeth Koester, Red Bud; and second alternate is Adam Olbrich, Harvard. The Illinois state 4-H team will compete at the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in Louisville, Ky. this fall. The national team is supported by funds from the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

Thirty-eight 4-H members from 12 counties participated in the contest. The dairy quiz bowl challenges the 4-H members' knowledge and quick recall of information relating to the various aspects of dairy cattle management and dairy products. Each competition round included 12 questions presented one-on-one followed by 16 toss-up questions with bonus point options.

"The 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl requires many hours of dedicated learning and a good understanding of the dairy industry," said Dave Fischer, retired University of Illinois Extension specialist, who coordinated the contest.


Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.