HAMPTON, Iowa – Five Franklin County 4-H members represented Iowa at the National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl held during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 18. They were named reserve national champions after competing against 10 other teams from across the country. This was the first time a team from Iowa competed in the national contest.
The team, comprised of Jacob Fjeld, Mikayla Fjeld, Jaiden Shahan, Jenna Shahan, Elizabeth Thiesen, and coached by Jackie Dohlman, won 10 rounds of quiz bowl matches to make it to the final round against Kansas.
Matches consisted of 32 questions that covered beef, meat goat, sheep and swine species as well as current events. Each team member also competed for individual awards based on the number of correct answers they provided.
Jaiden Shahan was awarded first high individual for answering the most questions correctly during the contest and Jacob Fjeld earned a tie for fourth high individual.
The team earned their spot representing Iowa at the national contest by being named the Iowa 4-H champions during the state competition held in April. The 2020 Iowa 4-H livestock quiz bowl will be held on April 25 at Iowa State University.
For more information about the 4-H livestock quiz bowl visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/livestock-quiz-bowl.
Photo: Coach Jackie Dohlman with team members Elizabeth Thiesen, Jacob Fjeld, Jenna Shahan, Jaiden Shahan, and Mikayla Fjeld.
Team members reflect on their experiences:
“I learned how to win and lose as a team, to be logical with risk versus reward, and of course a lot about animal science and the industry,” said Jaiden Shahan.
“Traveling over 14,000 miles to practices and contests the past eight years was worth every experience and the endless knowledge gained,” said Jacob Fjeld.
“I gained so many skills in the realm of teamwork. I bettered myself at knowing how to carry my weight in studying – all that preparation pays off in the contest room when everybody is ready,” said Mikayla Fjeld.
“I got better at not being afraid to answer questions, and I got better at speaking up and being confident in my answers,” said Jenna Shahan.
“I learned how to become a better team player, knowing my animal facts, and became better at studying,” said Elizabeth Thiesen.
Coach Jackie Dohlman said, “This was so fun watching this group earn this honor. We have been together the past eight years, studying facts about beef, sheep, swine and meat goats. They have traveled with me to contests at Aksarben, Iowa State and now the national level. It’s bittersweet, I’m happy and sad.”