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Students named reserve champion in national academic quiz bowl

Published: 05 July 2011

NDSU students earned reserve champion honors in the American Meat Science Association’s academic quiz bowl competition held at the association’s 64th Reciprocal Meat Conference June 19-22 at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

“We are extremely proud of the efforts of our quiz bowl team.  They demonstrated exceptional knowledge of the meats industry in this competition,” said Greg Lardy, head of NDSU’s animal sciences department. “Their success speaks to the caliber of the students at NDSU as well as the depth and quality of the training they receive in our undergraduate program.”

Team members included Kelsey Phelps, a senior majoring in animal science from Breckenridge, Minn.; Quynn Larson, a recent animal science graduate from Brandon, S.D.; and Eric Kleman, a senior majoring in animal science from Ottawa, Ohio.

The team competed against 31 teams from 26 universities. They advanced through seven rounds of play to face Texas A&M in the championship round.

During the quiz bowl, students answer 40 questions per round. For the first 20 questions team members compete head-to-head with each other. The last 20 questions are open, which means any team member may buzz in and answer.

Correct answers for all questions are worth five points; incorrect answers deduct five points. Questions cover a wide range of topics, including meat industry history, role of meat in the diet, conversion of muscle to meat, food safety, meat microbiology and meat marketing and pricing.

Richelle Miller, a master’s student in animal sciences, coached the team.

“I truly enjoyed working with the quiz bowl team.  I could not have asked for three individuals to work harder and have more drive to learn and succeed,” Miller said.

The objectives of the American Meat Science Association Intercollegiate Quiz Bowl, held annually at the Reciprocal Meats Conference, are to encourage students to interact with students from different universities, help students gain and retain knowledge and provide a an opportunity for students to have fun while engaging in friendly competition.

For more information on the academic quiz bowl, visit

For more information on NDSU’s team, contact Richelle Miller at

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