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Alabama Quizbowl Team Excels at National Competition
Left to right Tim Lambert (Bibb County); Heather Gladney (T’loosa County); Allison Purser (Lauderdale County); Josie Chance (Bibb County) and Simon Carbone (Bibb County 4-H Regional Agent)

Alabama Quizbowl Team Excels at National Competition

AUBURN, Ala.—An Alabama 4-H Livestock Quizbowl team placed fifth recently at the AKSARBEN 4-H Invitational Quizbowl Competition.  A composite team of youth from Bibb, Lauderdale and Tuscaloosa counties represented Alabama at the Grand Island, NE. contest.  In addition, Bibb County 4-H club member Josie Chance was the second-high individual for the contest.

Chance and team members Tim Lambert, Bibb County; Allison Purser, Lauderdale County; and Heather Gladney, Tuscaloosa County earned the right to represent Alabama back in January.

Bibb County 4-H Extension agent Simon Carbone, said the team put in a lot of study time.

“Because they were from three different counties, it was sometimes difficult to bring them together to practice,” said Carbone, who served as one of the team’s coaches.  “All four were very focused and put in many hours of study on their own. That hard work paid off.”

Chance echoes Carbone’s thoughts on practice.

“Our team was not able to meet very often, so we did most of our studying individually,” she said. “Our coaches would send out specific information for us to study.

“I would also read livestock books, articles about the livestock industry, and any quizbowl questions I could get my hands on. From about June or July on, I was spending a minimum of five to 10 hours a week studying livestock.”

Study Reaps Rewards

quizbowlJohnny Gladney, an Alabama Extension regional livestock agent, also helped coach the team.

“Each of these young people put in many hours of effort,” said Gladney.  “I think that you will see some of them again at a national livestock quizbowl contest.”

Carbone explained Alabama’s composite team competed in the national invitational contest.

“That means they are still eligible to compete next year in quizbowl at the state level,” Carbone said.  “If their team wins state, they will qualify to represent Alabama in the National 4-H Quizbowl Contest.”

Chance said representing Alabama also allowed her a chance to meet like-minded young people from around the country.

“I really enjoyed meeting other teens who shared my interests,” she said.  “I even got tips from some about preparing for quiz bowl competitions.

“The experience was great.  It was my first visit to Nebraska, but I would love to go back.”

 

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