Orleans--Although they may have been on school break, for members of 4-H clubs in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille and Orleans Counties, Feb. 27 was a day of learning as they competed in the 2018 Northeast Region 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl.

The event, held at Orleans Elementary School, tested their knowledge of everything bovine through a written exam and several quiz bowl rounds of oral questions on dairy breeds, animal feeds and nutrition, genetics and breeding, dairy cattle health, milk production and related topics. Points from both were combined to determine final scores and rankings.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sponsored the event. Orleans County Dairy Promotion provided milk for the participants, who ranged in age from 5 to 17.

Placing first through fourth in the different age groups were:

SENIORS (14 and older): Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier; Adele Biasini, Morrisville; Maddie Nadeau, Holland; Ryanne Nadeau, Derby

Also participating: Averie Brown, East Montpelier; Emily Frazier, Berlin; Justin Thurber, Barre

JUNIORS (12-13): Charlie Haynes, East Montpelier; Rozalynd Ahlmann, Lunenburg; Lincoln Michaud, East Hardwick; Alycia Gainer, Lunenburg

Also participating: Paige Ainsworth and Haley Michaud, both from East Hardwick, Sadie Ellner, Morristown; Donovan Noyes, East Montpelier; Taggart Schrader, Plainfield; Cody Trudeau, Newport Center

JUNIORS (10-11): Christin Haynes, East Montpelier; Liviya Russo, Lunenburg; Alyssa Frazier, Berlin; Gabriel Michaud, East Hardwick

Also participating: Bobby Brown and Reese Gainer, both from Lunenburg; Morgan and Natalie Michaud; East Hardwick; Cash Mosher, Derby; Emma Rowell, Greensboro Bend; Cotter Stevens, Brownington

JUNIORS (8-9): Anna Whittemore, Orleans; Steven Werner, East Hardwick; Duncan Schrader, Plainfield; Jesse Hoadley, Glover

Also participating: Knight Mosher, Derby; Danyka Moulton and Ava Stevens, both from Brownington

The youngest 4-H'ers, ages 5-7, called 4-H Cloverbuds, also had an opportunity to participate although were not scored on either the test or quiz bowl. They included Evi Ahlmann, Lunenburg; Brooklynn Blair, Craftsbury Common; Isabelle Hoadley, Glover; Dawson Michaud, East Hardwick; Leah Whittemore, Orleans; and Indigo Willey, Coventry

To learn more about 4-H in Caledonia and Lamoille Counties, contact 4-H educator Anthony Willey at anthony.willey@uvm.edu. For Essex and Orleans Counties, contact 4-H educator Lindy Birch at melinda.birch@uvm.edu.


Melinda J. Birch
4-H Cloverbud quiz bowl participants were (from left) Indigo Willey, Coventry; Leah Whittemore, Orleans; Brooklynn Blair, Craftsbury Common; Isabelle Hoadley, Glover; Dawson Michaud, East Hardwick; and Evi Ahlmann, Lunenburg. (photo: Sara Kirby)