Dairy Club wins national quiz bowl competition

Dairy Club team
Members of the winning WSU Dairy Club team, left to right:
Megan Cihak, Danielle Meyers, Brooke Vander Veen and
Kevin Gavin. (Photo by Jessica Levy, team alternate)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Washington State University Dairy Club took first place among 12 universities at the quiz bowl of the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting recently.

This is the first time WSU has won the competition and the second time the trophy will make its way west in the 12-year history of the contest.
“WSU has a core of bright, energetic students who are very interested in the dairy industry,” said Larry Fox, club advisor and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences. “They want to have impact and are willing to work hard to have that impact.”
The club provides educational and social experiences for member students interested in any and all facets of the dairy industry.
The quiz bowl is designed to encourage students to learn about dairy science, production, foods, processing and the American Dairy Science Association. WSU Dairy Club members prepared for the contest during the school year and even after graduation.
WSU team members Megan Cihak, Kevin Gavin, Danielle Meyers, Brooke Vander Veen and alternate Jessica Levy swept the final round against Cal Poly 68-20 to achieve the 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 degree. The remaining team members are eligible to compete as the WSU defending champs at next year’s contest in Kansas City, Mo.

Larry Fox, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, 509 335-0786, fox@wsu.edu
Sylvia Kantor, WSU CAHNRS Marketing, News and Educational Communications, 206-770-6063, kantors@wsu.edu