Clinton County Junior Avian Bowl Team captures first place

‘Avian Avengers’

PHOTO PROVIDED From left are Kayla Zimmerman, Brody Rhine, Emily Bechdel, Bryley Miller, Adelaide Miller, and Judge Phil Clauer, PSU Animal Science Professor and Extension Educator.

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Extension 4-H sent an avian bowl team to the PA 4-H State Animal Science Contests on the Penn State Campus earlier this month and they returned home as the State Junior Avian Bowl Champions.

The Avian Avengers team included Brody Rhine, member of Susquehanna Haybalers 4-H Club and son of Larry and Stacey Rhine; Emily Bechdel, member of Beech Creek Trailblazers 4-H Club and daughter of Jay and Nicole Bechdel; and sisters Bryley and Adelaide Miller, members of Barnyard Buddies 4-H Club and daughters of Chad and Dominique Miller.

These 4-H members prepared for months to improve their knowledge of avian facts, poultry management, and related subjects. The contest included a written test to determine the seeding for the contest and then followed a double elimination tournament format for the quiz bowl question portion.

The Clinton County team was coached by Gwen Bechdel, 4-H Poultry chair; Sabrina Zimmerman, 4-H volunteer; and Kayla Zimmerman, member of the Susquehanna Haybalers 4-H club and a member of the 2018 Senior Avian Bowl Centre/Clinton County state champion team.

The team appreciates the support of the Clinton County Extension Office, Ruth Eoute for designing and donating the t-shirts, and the Cedar Heights Church for letting the group practice in its fellowship hall.

The team members and other 4-H members will be displaying their poultry and livestock entries at the Clinton County Fair July 27 through August 3.

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