Lewis County Youth Participate in Beef Quiz Bowl

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Ten Lewis County 4-H members competed in a beef quiz bowl competition held Dec. 1, at Stonewall Resort.  The statewide quiz bowl was part of the Mountaineer Cattlemen’s College, which was held at Stonewall Resort for the third year in a row.
In the quiz bowl, questions cover the livestock industry in general, but focus on questions about beef cattle.  Each round contained questions in the following topics:  Nutrition and Disease; Reproduction and Physiology; Carcass and Feeding; Breeding and Genetics; General.
There were fifteen junior teams entered and nineteen senior teams.  Juniors are 13 years of age and younger, while seniors are 14 to 19 (cannot have graduated high school).
Lewis County entered two junior teams and one partial senior team, meaning there were two members from Lewis County and two from Roane County. This was the first time competing for four of the eight junior members.  
The competition was double elimination, so teams continued to compete until they lost two matches.  Early rounds were ten questions per match, while later rounds were fifteen questions per match.
In the junior division, the team of Gracie Spiker, Madisyn Montgomery, Bailee Kiger, and Kenady Southall placed third overall, out of fifteen teams.  First, second, and third places received cash awards, so the third place junior team received $100.   
The junior team of JW Garrett, Ava Spiker, Bella Spiker, and Adaleigh Curry won some matches and was competitive, but did not make it to the final rounds to place.
According to organizers, the senior division was very competitive with several of the teams entered being older kids with a lot of quiz bowl experience.  The mixed Lewis County/Roane County team was Rickey Hawkins, Jared Griffith, and two youth from Roane County.  Like the juniors, they won some matches and were competitive, but did not make it to the final rounds.   
The Lewis County quiz bowl teams practiced for several weeks leading up to the competition and were coached by WVU Extension Agent Bruce Loyd.
In addition to cash awards for the top three teams, each member of the top team in the senior division also received a $600 scholarship to be applied toward higher education.  
The winning senior team was from Braxton County and the winning junior team from Monroe County.  Sponsors for the quiz bowl included Farm Credit of the Virginias, Dominion Energy, WV Livestock Marketing Association, and United Security.

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