A team of Kansas State Unviersity seniors majoring in animal sciences and industry will be competing for a national title after winning first place at the regional Academic Quadrathlon competition in the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Animal Science meetings in Des Moines in late March.
The National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl will be held at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual convention and trade show in San Antonio on Jan. 27-30, 2010.
Team members are Clem Neely, Chanute; Thomas "Bain" Wilson, Locust, N.C.; Anna Pesta, Oakboro, N.C.; and Hyatt Frobose, Pemberville, Ohio.
The team's adviser is Ernie Minton, professor of animal sciences and industry and interim associate director, research and technology transfer, for K-State Research and Extension.
The Academic Quadrathlon began at several land-grant universities in the early 1980s. The competition, for students in animal sciences and industry and related fields, includes four individual events: laboratory practicum, quiz bowl, oral presentation and written exam. The material in the events covers animal science and meat science information, with the oral presentation focusing on related topics currently in the news.