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Students Compete in Midwest Academic Quadrathlon

By Jenny Bjelland
UW-RF News Bureau

APRIL 8, 2005--Teams from 16 major agricultural universities throughout the Midwest, including the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 20-21 to compete in the 2005 Midwest Academic Quadrathlon.

The 16 teams, each consisting of four undergraduate students, took part in a two-day competition to test their knowledge of animal science, dairy science, poultry science and small animal science. The four-part quadrathlon includes a written exam, a lab practicum, an extemporaneous oral presentation, and a quiz bowl competition.

The UW-RF team earned a trip to the Midwest regional contest after winning all four portions at the local UW-RF contest. The team includes Sherman Wilson, a junior agricultural education major from Reedsburg, Wis., Matt Allerson, a junior dairy science major from Nicollet, Minn., Jared Voge, a junior animal science major from Eagle River, Wis., and Kory Duerst, a junior agricultural studies major from Verona, Wis.

At the regional competition the team took eighth in the written exam, seventh in the lab practicum, 11th in the extemporaneous oral presentation and ninth in the quiz bowl competition. That combination earned the team an eighth place overall finish.

Iowa State University claimed first place in the overall competition with the Ohio State University placing second and Michigan State University placing third.

The Midwest Academic Quadrathlon was sponsored by the Midwest Section of the American Society for Animal Science and the Midwest Region American Dairy Science Association. The competition was also held in conjunction with their 2005 joint meeting, allowing students to attend scientific presentations and to network with agricultural industry representatives.

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