Thursday, Jun 20, 2019

Olbrich qualifies for National Dairy Bowl

Harvard High School sophomore Morgan Olbrich, 16, has been involved in the world of dairy farming for as long as she can remember. “There are pictures of me when I was 4 years old playing with baby cows,” Olbrich said.

Olbrich grew up on a dairy farm and has fallen in love with agriculture and dairy farming. She joined 4-H when she was 8 years old. She knew early in her childhood that she wanted her life to be in agriculture.

“After high school,” she said, “I would love to be an agriculture teacher or working in the field of agriculture. I would also still love to help out on the farm I grew up on as well.”

Olbrich is well on her way to an excellent career in agriculture – particularly in the dairy industry.

On March l, Olbrich went up against 47 other 4-H students from 11 Illinois counties in the Illinois State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She and three other students from the original 47 advanced to represent Illinois in the national competition.

The National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl will take place during the first week of November in Lexington, Ky.

“This is the highest anyone can go in this competition,” Olbrich said.

An extensive knowledge of dairy farming and the dairy industry is needed in order to advance to this level, and Olbrich has proven she has what it takes. During the quiz bowl competition, each student is asked 12 challenging questions per round and 16 follow-up questions worth bonus points.

“But, when you grow up on a dairy farm,” Olbrich said, “you get really sucked into it. I couldn’t help but learn all I could about the dairy industry.” And this extensive knowledge helped her gain enough points to qualify for the National Quiz Bowl. “I am very excited for this opportunity,” said Olbrich.

The other three students that will represent Illinois this November in Lexington with Olbrich are Kate Carlson from Kirkland, Brianna Sheehan from Huntley and Riley Zettle from Rock City. Two other students, Elizabeth Koester from Red Bud and Baley Hart from Belvidere, will be substitutes in case any of the four students cannot go to the competition in Lexington. They will face other extraordinary 4-H students from all over the country putting their dairy farming and industry knowledge to the test.