4-H Youth Excel at Statewide Dairy Bowl

ITHACA, NEW YORK (September 22, 2021) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program congratulates Dayne Jantzi and Larsen Swan, two members of Chautauqua County 4-H who had outstanding performances at the New York State Dairy Bowl Competition held recently at Cornell University.

Dayne and Larsen were both a part of the junior division team which included the top 4 placing individuals from the Western District Dairy Bowl Competition that was held in June at Camp Wyomoco in Varysburg, NY. They were joined by Nathan Foss from Wyoming County and Leslie Mesch from Erie County to complete the Western District team coached by Mary Jantzi.

Dairy Bowl is a quiz bowl contest where the youth answer very challenging questions related to dairy cattle and the dairy industry. The primary objective of the 4-H Dairy Bowl contest is to provide an opportunity for 4-H youth to demonstrate their knowledge of dairy related subject matter in a competitive setting all while having fun.

When the results were tallied with other 4-H youth from across the entire state, Dayne Jantzi earned 2nd place individual, and Larsen Swan earned 5th place individual. Dayne is the son of Brian and Mary Jantzi of Clymer and is a member of the Sherman Kountry Kids 4-H Club. Larsen is the son of Jason and Jamie Swan of Sherman and is a lone member in 4-H.

When participants reach the senior level of this competition, the top four spots in New York State earn a place on the state team and the honor to represent New York State to compete at the North American Livestock Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Both Dayne and Larsen are looking forward to even more rigorous questions when they will be at this level next year. They are on a great pathway and their hard work and passion for the dairy industry will take them far.

The participant’s success can be contributed to the dedication of their coach, Mary Jantzi. Mary teaches Living Environment, Chemistry, and Human Anatomy and Physiology at Chautauqua Lake Central School and serves on the 4-H Advisory Program Committee. She didn’t let the pandemic stop dairy bowl practice and created innovative solutions to provide youth the opportunity to prepare for the competition using an online quiz bowl simulator. Mary’s own interest in the dairy industry and the desire to better the youth she coaches in 4-H make her an exceptional mentor and coach.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Last updated September 22, 2021