Nebraska 4-H members earn entry into national animal science contests

by Danielle Dewees | Nebraska Extension

Nebraska 4-H livestock judging
4-H members participate in the state 4-H livestock judging contest during the 2023 Premier Animal Science Event.
August 14, 2023

Lincoln, Neb. —4-H members from across Nebraska convened in Lincoln on June 21 and 22 to take part in the annual Premier Animal Science Event. Youth competed as individuals and teams in state-level 4-H contests, including Poultry Judging, Meats Judging, Livestock Skillathon, Livestock Quiz Bowl, and Livestock Judging contests.64 youths participated in the Poultry Judging Contest. Gold medals were awarded to:

Team: Saunders County - Anne Nygren, Hannah Strizek, Joseph Ondracek, andTony OndracekIntermediate Individual: Rachel Spawn, Platte CountySenior Individual: Noah Jelinek, Lancaster County68 young people participated in the Meats Judging Contest. Top awards winners included:

Team: Dawson County - Parker Walahoski, Barton Beattie, and Preston BeattieIntermediate Individual: Paige Walahoski, Dawson CountySenior Individual: Parker Walahoski, Dawson County27 teams competed in the Livestock Skillathon Contest. Gold medals were awarded to:

Senior Team: Dawson County - Bart Beattie, Jacie Wolfinger, Jaelin Wolfinger,Parker Walahoski, and Spencer Walahoski

Intermediate Team: Buffalo County - Graden Forbes, Arabella Rolfsmeye,Kaitlyn Meints, and Laurynn Andrews13 teams competed in Livestock Quiz Bowl, with top awards going to:Senior Team: Buffalo County - Gracie Wagoner, Justine Pope, Mason Janda, andSkyler SummersIntermediate Team: Boone/Nance County - Kahnen Pelster, Katernia Maricle,Dorothy Smith, and Emilyn Kurz

190 4-H members participated in the Livestock Judging Contest. Gold medalaward winners included:

Senior Team: Buffalo County - Justine Pope, Jaylea Pope, and Mason JandaSenior Individual: Justine Pope, Buffalo CountyIntermediate Team: Lincoln County - Allyson Kemp, Cauy Robinson, and ArianGilmoreIntermediate Individual: Allyson Kemp, Lincoln CountyThe highest-ranking eligible poultry judging, meats judging, quiz bowl, and skillathon teams now have the opportunity to participate in the National 4-H Contests. The top three senior livestock judging teams can participate in one of three national competitions, including the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, the American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, or the National Western Roundup.The Premier Animal Science Event, also known as PASE, is a two-day event held each June at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Participants explore issues related to the animal industry, discover college and career opportunities, and test their livestock skills and knowledge. To learn more, visit

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