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4-H teens demonstrate knowledge at Horse Quiz Bowl, March 11

CHESTER—Four Vermont 4-H teens earned a place on the state 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl team by achieving the highest overall scores in the Senior Division, ages 14 and older, in statewide competition on March 11 held at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester. It was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Windsor County 4-H and attracted 91 participants. In addition to the quiz bowl competition, many of the 4-H-ers also donated decorated cakes for a silent auction.
Placing first in the Senior Division was Olivia Suker of Shrewsbury; followed by Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Dyani Jones, Jericho; and Betsy Coburn, Castleton. Their high scores earned them spots on the state team that will represent Vermont at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Ky., in November.
Other seniors finishing in the top ten, starting with fifth place, were: Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Callon Fish, Rutland; Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Nicole Stewart, Bomoseen; and Alexia Diaz, Rutland.
Four individuals competed in the Novice Senior Division for 14-18-year-old contestants, who are either new to 4-H or participating in 4-H horse quiz bowl for the first time. Placing first in this division was Madison Zimmermann, Northfield, followed by Olivia Campbell, Randolph; Makayla Laflam, Vernon; and Rylie Zager, Gill, Mass.
The top 10 scorers in the various age groups in the Junior Division, in order of placement, were as follows:
12-13: Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Emma Cushman, Barre; Grace Parks, Essex Junction; Jasmine Beenen, Addison; Allison Tourville, Georgia; Tanya Wheeler, Wilmington; McKenna White, Whiting; Zoe Chaves, Chester; Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Weston Cutts, Brookline.
10-11: Emeillia Gomo, Chester; Emma Rubin, Jericho; Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford; Grace Trahnstrom, Menden; Shiane Wheeler, Wilmington Summer Le, Colchester Shyanne Wedge, Shoreham; Emily Flanders, Mt. Holly; Megan Carson, Windham; Natalie Noyes, Cambridgeport.
8-9: Adaline Ploof, Essex Junction; Sophia Schifilitti, Colchester; Dominique Cave, Poultney; Garrett Cutts, Brookline (Vt.); Abigail Frappier, Benson; Natalie Douglass, Saxtons River; Viola Brown, Vernon; Kyrrah Maynard, Wilmington; Calli Sprague, Grafton; Lucy Palmer, Cavendish.

Photo by Amanda Turgeon
The top 10 winners in the Senior Division, ages 14+, show off their ribbons at the annual state 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl in Chester. Pictured in the front row (l-r): Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; Betsy Coburn, Castleton; Dyani Jones, Jericho; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury. Back row (l-r): Alexia Diaz, Rutland; Nicole Stewart, Bomoseen; Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Callon Fish, Rutland; Courtney Bronson, Shoreham.

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