Team competitions are one of the best learning experiences 4-H offers youth. Not only do members learn individually about the subject matter of the competition, they also learn how to work together. They learn that teamwork takes not only knowledge, but also communication and collaboration skills. They learn how to express their viewpoints and defend their decisions to the team and to the judges. These are valued workforce skills that will pay big dividends when these youth enter the workplace.
The Lincoln County 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team went to the National Livestock Quiz Bowl Contest that was hosted by the Aksarben Stock Show in Grand Island, Nebraska. The team won first place at the quiz bowl. The four-member team consisted of Kendall Martin, Nolan Paladino, Jana Owen, and Zach Snoddy. Kendall Martin was also the high scoring individual in the contest. The Aksarben Foundation presented each member of the team a $500 college scholarship.
Other 4-H members who competed in the national quiz bowl included Juliann Fears, Nathan Simmons, Alex Moore, Nic Bradley, and Sorrell Martin. These 4-H’ers participated in the Aksarben Open Contest and placed fourth. All members also participated in the Livestock Judging Contest in Grand Island.
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Lincoln County top finishers in the National Livestock Quiz Bowl are, from left,
Zach Snoddy, Kendall Martin, Nolan Paladino, and Jana Owen.
Lincoln County 4-H members also represented Tennessee at the All-American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The team consisted of Alex Moore, Nic Bradley, Olivia Hughes, and Jana Owen. The team placed second in the Brown Swiss breed. Lily Cowan also took part.
Some of the educational activities for the team included touring Amish farms, visiting the Liberty Bell, and visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania, to see Chocolate World. 

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Tennessee 4-H youth who competed in the All-American Youth Dairy Judging Contest are,
from left, seated, Jana Owen, Lily Cowan, and Olivia Hughes. Standing are Alex Moore (left) and Nic Bradley.