RALEIGH – The Union Academy 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quiz Bowl teams competed at the State 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quiz Bowl competition.
Union Academy fielded one senior team comprised of four high school students and one middle school student who competed in the junior division.
The senior team was comprised of Trey Howey, Kaleb Pope, Cade Stegall and Isaac Williams. They went against the top 20 teams in the state and came out victorious, winning Union Academy’s first state championship in agriculture.
Union Academy was recognized as the high scoring senior team overall, placing first in the identification category, second in quality assurance and second in evaluation. In addition, Union Academy was recognized as the reserve champion overall quiz bowl team at the state contest.
Based on their performance and overall ranking, the Union Academy team will represent North Carolina at both the National Skillathon and National Quiz Bowl competitions this fall. The team will travel to both Harrisburg, Pa., and Grand Island, Nebr.
Individually, Williams was recognized as the high scoring senior individual overall and won three of the four individual categories/divisions. Howey placed sixth overall in the senior division, and Stegall was ninth overall.
In the junior division, Clint Mills was the high scoring junior individual overall and won three of the four individual divisions.
Members of the team had to identify and classify livestock feeds, equipment, breeds and meats. In addition, each student had to complete a quality assurance problem, judge classes of hay and wool, and correctly evaluate a class of New York Strip steaks. Finally, the team had to work collectively to complete a series of team problems related to agricultural economics, quality assurance, breeding scenarios and product administration.
This was the first time Union Academy has participated in the State 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quiz Bowl competitions. The students worked hard all year to prepare for this competition. They represented the values of Union Academy. They are coached by Michael Alexander, who is the school’s agriculture teacher.