Harrisburg, Penn. – On October 4, 2019 Union Academy’s high school 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quiz Bowl Team placed third out of 82 teams in the 42nd Annual Tony Dobroski Memorial Stockman’s Contest at the 2019 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE). Union Academy’s four member team of Trey Howey, Isaac Williams, Cade Stegall, and Kaleb Pope qualified for the national event by winning the NC competition in July in Raleigh. Senior Trey Howey placed 4th as an individual out of 311 competitors, and sophomore Isaac Williams secured a 9th place finish.
According to information provided by KILE, teams and individuals competed in 12 classes, testing their knowledge of livestock, wool and meat judging, quality assurance and equipment identification, and management. To prepare for the contest, youth spent time in and outside of the classroom learning the cuts of meat from cattle, sheep and swine; sharpening their knowledge of equipment; and placing classes of livestock. Youth were also encouraged to keep up with current events in production agriculture.
The top five contestants with the highest individual scores were interviewed by industry experts about current events in the sheep, beef, and swine industries to determine the Keystone Junior Stockman of the Year.
The team will be competing in other events throughout the year such as the Southeastern Nationals held in November in Raleigh.
Senior Trey Howey stated, "Mr. Alexander [Ag teacher] is very knowledgeable, and he has spurred a passion for agriculture in all of us. Our team put in the work, and I am very excited we placed so high in the Stockman Competition our first time out. We’re just getting started at UA, but the students who will really make an impact are the middle schoolers who are seeing us succeed and learning what these competitions are all about. Our team is unique because we all attend the same school and most of the teams are all-star teams."