MSU students win regional animal science competition
Four students from the College of Agriculture at Montana State University won the Western Region Academic Quadrathlon, held June 17 and 18 in Bozeman. They will now advance to the national competition to be held July 8 and 9 in Indianapolis.
Drew Gaskill of Broadus, Katy Klick of Simms, Russell Quinlan of Forsyth, and Lane Schmitt of Chinook competed in a four-part contest that consisted of a comprehensive written exam, impromptu oral presentation, hands-on lab practicum, and a double-elimination quiz bowl tournament. The MSU team finished in a three-way tie for first place, which was broken by the results of the lab practicum, which MSU won.
The MSU team competed with eight other western region universities, including the University of Arizona, California State University-Chico, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, New Mexico State University, Oregon State University, Utah State University and the University of Wyoming.
“Drew, Katy, Russell, and Lane did a spectacular job representing MSU at the contest. I’m very proud of their hard work,” said team adviser Rachel Endecott.
The regional contest was held in conjunction with the 2013 Western Section American Society of Animal Science meetings, hosted by the MSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences. The national contest will be held in conjunction with the joint American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science meetings.