Penn State Tops 2012 Northeast Student Affiliate
Posted: June 4, 2012
For the seventh straight year, students from Penn State’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science (DAS) took first place overall at the 2012 Northeast Affiliate (NESA) competitions of the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science held at the University of Maine, Feb. 18. The contest includes livestock judging, a quiz bowl and undergraduate paper presentations.
Ten schools competed with a total of 49 four-member teams. Penn State entered six teams who were accompanied by Ken Kephart, professor of animal science, and Dale Olver, instructor in dairy and animal science.
Penn State swept the top four placings in the team competition. Placing first was Penn State’s team consisting of Philip Bachman, Ulysses; Daniel Hartzell, Slippery Rock; Lacey Floyd, Benton; and Alyssa Deitrich, Strausstown. This team also placed second in quiz bowl and third in livestock judging.
The second place overall team was made up of Ariel Taxdal, Bel Air, MD; Jared Risser, Bainbridge; Susannah Black, Cochranton; and Emma Green, Bloomfield, NY. Winning the quiz bowl and placing third overall was the team of Sarah Doyle, Red Lion; Stephen Bond, Jim Thorpe; Brianna Isenberg, Indiana; and Nathan Ulmer, Bellefonte. The fourth place overall team consisted of Sarah Farley, Hazel Township; Dustin Gates, Warriors Mark; Derek Wasson, Centre Hall; and Kristen Stufft, Lewistown.
Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science, said, “It is with great pride that I congratulate all the students who participated in the NESA contest for their outstanding results. Penn State teams have a long and consistent history of attaining excellent results. This speaks volumes about their commitment to diligent preparation, as well as the breadth and depth of their academic and practical knowledge.”
In livestock judging, Penn State’s team of Katie Harvison, Titusville; Caine Mitchell, Venus; Dakota Grove, Chambersburg; and Kelcie Degenfelder, Collins, NY, earned second place. Degenfelder earned third high individual honors and Bachman was fourth high individual in livestock judging.
Kristina Tillou, Hackettstown, NJ, was third in paper presentations, with a paper titled “Agritourism Liability.” Her teammates were Chase Mitchell, Venus; Amanda Mosier, Cochranton; and Heather Stultz, Hampstead, MD.
Penn State’s participation was partially supported by a grant from the College of Agricultural Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education. In addition to Penn State, other competing universities included Rutgers University, Delaware Valley College, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, University of Rhode Island, University of Delaware, University of Vermont, and University of New Hampshire.