Randolph Center--The Red Schoolhouse on the Vermont Technical College (VTC) campus in Randolph Center was a-buzz with activity on Feb. 9 as area 4-H dairy members quickly and expertly answered questions on dairy-related topics.

The occasion was the annual Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, which attracted 24 participants from five Orange and Windsor County 4-H Clubs: Clever Clovers, Tunbridge; Middle Branch 4-H Club, Randolph Center; Rambling Rivers, Newbury; Top of the World, Reading; and Topsham Pony Pals, Bradford.

Quiz bowl consisted of a written exam and buzzer rounds where the 4-H'ers competed by age group to earn points by being the first to buzz in and correctly answer a question on dairy breeds, feeds and nutrition, anatomy, genetics, showing cattle and 4-H knowledge, among other topics. Scores from the exam and quiz bowl competition were combined to determine final placements.

Winners by age group were:

Seniors (14-18): Brennan Vaughan, East Thetford (first); Amanda Ferris, Braintree (second); Ron Senecal, Bradford (third); Tyler Slack (fourth) and Dylan Slack (fifth), both from Bethel

Juniors (11-13): Zach Johnson, Tunbridge (first); Elizabeth Waterman, Thetford Center (second); Andrew Fors, Bethel (third); Leah Rogers, Randolph Center (fourth); Dani Flint, East Bethel (fifth); Hailey Dow, West Hartford (sixth)

Rookie (11-18 and first time participant): Wyatt Chambers, Tunbridge (first); Lizzie Vaughan (second) and Amy Vaughan (third), both from Newbury; Loren Young, Tunbridge (fourth)

Beginners (8-10): Austin Washburn, Bethel (first); Brooke Rowlee, Reading (second); Sylvia Johnson; Tunbridge (third); Arden Riesterer, Bethel (fourth)

Novice (8-10 and first-time participant): Karlee Small, Graniteville (first); Hannah Young, Tunbridge (second); Sophia Fors, Bethel (third)

Two 4-H Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, also took part in the day's activities although did not compete in the quiz bowl contest. They were Sadie Rowlee, Reading, member of the Top of the World 4-H Club, and Thomas Williams, Randolph Center, member of the Middle Branch 4-H Club.

Assisting with the event were 4-H teens Katherine Howard and Lily Vaughan, both from East Thetford, and Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge. Katherine moderated the written exam and served as scorekeeper for the oral quiz bowl, both for the senior division.

Lily was timekeeper for the event and assisted her grandmother, Judy Vaughan of Newbury, with the buzzer sets for the senior quiz bowl rounds. Keenan read and moderated questions for the Junior and Rookie age groups. All three previously earned a spot on the state quiz bowl team that competed nationally.

Quiz bowl was sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H with support from VTC, which generously donated the space for the event.

To learn more about the 4-H dairy program in Orange and Washington Counties, contact 4-H educator Molly McFaun at (802) 476-2003. For Windsor and Windham Counties, call 4-H educator Lisa Muzzey at (802) 885-8386.


Lisa J. Muzzey
Three novice 4-H students who competed in the quiz bowl.
Sophie Fors, Bethel (left); Hannah Young, Tunbridge; and Karlee Small, Graniteville, competed in the Novice Division at the quiz bowl. (photo: Lisa Muzzey/UVM Extension 4-H)
Five senior 4-H students who competed in the quiz bowl.
Competing in the Senior Division were (left to right) Dylan and Tyler Slack, Bethel; Ron Senecal, Bradford; Amanda Ferris, Braintree; and Brennan Vaughn, East Thetford. (photo: Lisa Muzzey/UVM Extension 4-H)