Delaware County Dairy Quiz Bowl Team Earns Third Place at National Contest

November 22, 2019, 3:59 pm | Mike Anderson

Iowa 4-H dairy quiz bowl teamAMES, Iowa -- The Delaware County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team recently represented Iowa, earning third place in the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in Louisville, Kentucky. Team members were Amber Engelken (captain), Lauren Goldsmith, Sarah Goedken and Tara Goedken. Coaches for the team were Jennifer Zumbach, Brian Bagge, Josh Thibadeau, James Goldsmith and Becca Hermann. Seventeen teams were participating this year.

Iowa won against Illinois and Minnesota in the first two rounds and lost a close match to Wisconsin in the third round. The Iowa team won against Pennsylvania and Minnesota in the consolation round before losing to New York. Wisconsin and New York earned first and second place respectively.

This Delaware County team is only the sixth Iowa team to earn third place or higher in the 38 years Iowa has competed.

“They accomplished it with great teamwork and critical thinking as they navigated challenging questions with attentive learning over their years of 4-H, and particularly the last few months of preparation for the national contest,” said Coach Jennifer Zumbach.

The national contest also recognized the top 10 individuals on the test portion of the contest. Iowa’s Amber Engelken earned sixth place.

Zumbach said, “I am so proud of how well these young ladies worked together to answer questions throughout the day! They had fun, put their knowledge to use, formed friendships with participants from other states, and can be proud of how well they represented Iowa and Delaware County 4-H. We have enjoyed working with them during their time in Dairy Quiz Bowl.”

The contest format includes each individual taking a 50-question test. Those totals rank the teams. Then the teams enter a double-elimination contest with five test question points being added each round to points earned from five team questions, 20 toss-up buzzer questions, and possible bonus question points when three different team members answer a question correctly.

The team received financial support from the Ron Orth 4-H Dairy Endowment Fund and the Delaware County 4-H Foodstand Fund, which helps defer some costs for 4-H members participating in out-of-county or state activities in return for their time working during the Delaware County Fair.

Sponsors for the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, which celebrated its 40th year this year, are American Dairy Science Association, National Dairy Shrine, North American International Livestock Exposition, Perdue Agribusiness, Select Sires Inc. and W.D. Hoard & Sons Co.

For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at

[PHOTO] Dairy Quiz Bowl Team, from left to right: front row – coaches Jennifer Zumbach, Brian Bagge, Josh Thibadeau, James Goldsmith; back row – team members Amber Engelken, Lauren Goldsmith, Sarah Goedken, Tara Goedken

[PHOTO] Amber Engelken, 6th place individual test score


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