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UW-Madison Team Wins All-American Contest

UW-Madison Team Wins All-American Contest
Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Team finishes second in tie.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Modesto Junior College, Maryland 4-H and Minnesota FFA were top teams in their divisions at the 43rd Annual Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held Sept. 19 during the 2011 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Penn.

From as far as California and Florida, 141 youth on 38 teams competed in the 4-H, FFA, Junior (2-year) College and Senior Collegiate divisions. The contest included dairy cattle evaluation and oral reasons components.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Just 16 points separated the Wisconsin-Madison team from the second place team in the Collegiate Division, which featured 14 teams. Chelsea Brander, Danielle Brown, Laura Elliott and Carissa Levash comprise the winning team, coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal.

Brown was high individual overall in the contest, while Levash was third-high. The team placed second in reasons to the University of Minnesota.

Remaining teams in the top five

2nd – Michigan State University

3rd – Penn State University

4th – University of Wisconsin-River Falls

5th – University of Minnesota

Individuals in the top five overall

1st – Danielle Brown, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2nd – Sara Bechtel, Penn State University

3rd – Carissa Levash, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4th – Mary Johnson, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

5th – Tera Koebel, Michigan State University

Wisconsin places 2nd in 4-H Division

The Maryland and Wisconsin 4-H teams' scores both totaled 1,910 to tie for first place in the division of 15 states. Wisconsin achieved higher placing scores, while Maryland achieved higher reasons scores. In this tiebreaker event the team with the higher reasons score won – Maryland 4-H.

Top five teams in the division

1st – Maryland

2nd – Wisconsin

3rd – Pennsylvania

4th – Kentucky

5th – Minnesota

Top five individuals

1st – Janelle Remington, Wisconsin

2nd – Lizzie Davis, Maryland

3rd – Miquela Hanselman, New York

4th – Austin Jaggers, Kentucky

5th – Mary Liebenstein, Minnesota

Other team members competing from Wisconsin were: Erik Warmka, Carrie Warmka and Brad Warmka, All Wisconsin 4-H members competing at the contest were from Dodge County. Dodge County placed third at the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Marshfield in July.

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