Penn State team wins national Beef Quiz Bowl in Tennessee

February 12, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A student team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently won the National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl at the 2012 Cattle Industry Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Team members included Steve Bond, an agribusiness management major from Jim Thorpe, Pa.; Sarah Doyle, an animal sciences major from York, Pa.; Dustin Dreyfus, an agribusiness management major from Hampstead, Md.; and Brianna Isenberg, an animal sciences major from Indiana, Pa.

Dan Kniffen, assistant professor of dairy and animal science, and Dale Olver, instructor in dairy and animal science, advise the team.

This win continues a strong tradition -- Penn State teams have won the contest 10 times, more than any other university since the contest's inception in 1993. Penn State placed second six times. 2012 marks the 17th time Penn State has represented the Northeast Region in the national championship event.

"I congratulate team members for their outstanding performance in a very challenging contest with the very best young people from around the country," said Terry Etherton, professor and head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science.

"This continues a long legacy of high excellence by our students at the national Beef Quiz Bowl and reflects the strong academic background they have received in our undergraduate program," he said. "It also reflects their diligence and dedication in preparing for the contest."

During the double-elimination competition, students were asked questions pertaining to various disciplines related to cattle and beef production, including nutrition, physiology, meat science and genetics, as well as current events in the national cattle industry.

The second place team in the invitation-only contest was Texas A&M University. Teams from Ohio State University and the University of Wyoming rounded out the final four.

The Collegiate Quiz Bowl develops future leaders by enhancing decision making and communication skills, expanding participants' knowledge, and developing personal character, Etherton said.

Beef Quiz Bowl contestants have the opportunity to be a part of the cattle industry's annual convention where the National Cattlemen's Beef Association hosts the largest beef-focused trade show in the country. This year, the event saw its largest attendance ever, with more than 8,200 people attending.

  • Penn State Beef Quiz Bowl team members competing, (from left) Brianna Isenberg, Steve Bond, Dustin Dreyfus and Sarah Doyle.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated February 13, 2012