Indianapolis, Ind. – The Washington State University Dairy Club took first place among twelve universities represented at the Quiz Bowl of the American Dairy Science Association Annual meeting held this July in Indianapolis. This is the first time WSU has won the competition and only the second time the trophy will make its way west during the 12-year history of the contest.
“WSU has a core of students who are very interested in the dairy industry who are bright and energetic. They want to have impact and are willing to work hard to have that impact,” said Larry Fox, the club’s faculty advisor and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences.
The Quiz Bowl is designed to encourage students to learn about dairy science, dairy production, dairy foods and processing, and the American Dairy Science Association. WSU Dairy Club members prepared for the knowledge context during the school year, and even after graduation, by studying these topics as well as the history and organization of the American Dairy Science Association. The club provides educational and social experiences for member students interested in any and all facets of the dairy industry.
WSU Dairy Club team members Megan Cihak, Kevin Gavin, Danielle Meyers, Brooke Vander Veen and alternate Jessica Levy, swept the final round against Cal Poly (68 to 20) to achieve their victory. All are animal science majors except for Vander Veen who recently graduated with a major in agriculture education and a minor in animal science. Meyers entered veterinary school after her junior year and expects to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The remaining team members are eligible to compete as the WSU defending champs next year at the contest in Kansas City, Mo.