4-H members compete in Dairy Bowl competition

Linda Tripp, CCE Columbia & Greene Counties

4-H Dairy Bowl is an elimination
and round robin style quiz bowl

Coach Roy Denniston, Brendon Ooms, Eddy Ross, Calvin Keller, and Sydney Kiernan (photos provided by CCE Columbia Greene Counties)



On Saturday, March 7, 70 4H’ers, countless volunteers, and dedicated Cornell Cooperative Extension staff from the Capital District participated in the District Dairy Bowl Competition held at Tamarac High School in Troy.  4-H Dairy Bowl is an elimination and round robin style quiz bowl where participants can test and display their dairy knowledge.  This ranges from animal and crop science to history and agribusiness within the dairy industry.

Teams from seven local counties have practice for months and competed in the beginner, junior, and senior levels on the day of competition.  Columbia-Greene 4-H had 14 participants and four teams compete.  The top scoring teams in each division are recognized and the top four highest scoring players within each division will move on to the state competition. The junior and senior teams will compete at Cornell University later this spring while the beginner team will compete at the NYS Fair this summer.  Columbia-Greene 4-H would like to extend congratulations to all of our teams!

Columbia-Greene 4-H’s senior team, consisting of Calvin Keller, Sydney Kiernan, Brendan Ooms, and Eddy Ross, coached by Roy Denniston, took second place in the District Competition.

(Zachary Chittenden, Joseph Cordato, Arend Ooms, and Randy Albertson)

Columbia-Greene 4-H’s two junior teams consisting of Randy Albertson, Zach Chittenden, Jonathan Chittenden, Anthony Cordato, Joseph Cordato, Grace Ooms, Arend Ooms, and Kasey Purdy, coached by Nate Chittenden, took first and second places in the overall District Competition.  Finally, the beginner team consisting of Leita Albertson, Anna Chittenden, Matthew Cordato, and Robert Pautz, coached by Clara Cordato, took second place in the beginner division.

(Anthony Cordato, Grace Ooms, Jonathan Chittenden, and Kasey Purdy)

Calvin Keller, member of the Udderly Impossibles 4-H Club in Kinderhook, is one of the four players from the Capital District who will be competing in the state competition in the senior division.  Kasey Purdy, member of the Greene Earth 4-H Club in Catskill and Randy Albertson, member of the Udderly Impossibles 4-H Club in Kinderhook, are two of the four players from the Capital District who will be competing in the junior division at state competition.  Top scoring beginner players Robert Pautz, member of the Medway Mountaineers 4-H Club in Earlton and Matthew Cordato, member of the Critter Crew 4-H Club in Hillsdale, will be participating in the Beginner Dairy Bowl Exhibition at the NY State Fair this summer. Congratulations to all players and coaches for their great work!

( Leita Albertson, Robert Pautz, Matthew Cordato, and Anna Chittenden)

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. The programs provided by this organization are partially funded by monies received from the Counties of Columbia and Greene.

4-H is New York’s only youth development program directly connected to the technological advances and the latest research at Cornell University. 4-H participants learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through hands-on projects in four primary program areas: agriculture and food systems; civic engagement; healthy living; and, STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. To find out more about 4-H and youth programs in Columbia and Greene Counties, contact us at 518-828-3346 or Columbiagreene@cornell.edu or visit our website, www.ccecolumbiagreene.org . You can also “Like” us on Facebook…Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.

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