Raleigh, NC - July 27 and 28, 2022 - Three Union Academy students were crowned Individual State Champions at the State 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest Championships held in Raleigh. The UA 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quiz Bowl Teams was comprised of two senior students (age 14-19), two intermediate students (age 11-13) and two junior students (agd 8-10). The Senior competitors were Aubrey Mekus and Kaylee Keeter while the Intermediate competitors were Lacie Alexander and Lindsay Van Art. Colton Alexander and Maci Keeter competed in the Junior division.
In the Senior Division, Aubrey Mekus was recognized as the High Scoring Senior Individual overall while Kaylee Keeter was 4th overall. In the Intermediate Division, Lacie Alexander was the High Scoring Intermediate Individual Overall while Lindsay Van Art was 3rd overall. In the Junior Division, Colton Alexander was the High Scoring Junior Individual overall while Maci Keeter was 2nd overall.
Students had to correctly identify and classify breeds of livestock, feeds, equipment and meats along with completing Quality Assurance, Animal Health, and Genetics problems. In addition, students had to judge classes of hay and wool and correctly evaluate a class of pork hams. Finally, each member had to take a comprehensive written test on questions related to Agricultural Economics, Quality Assurance, Breeding Scenarios, Product Administration, Animal Reproduction, Animal Nutrition, Marketing, Selection and Evaluation, Agricultural Trends/Issues and Current Events.