For the third straight year, the FFA team from Wolsey-Wessington High School won the Team up to Safety quiz bowl competition sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union. Four teams competed in the quiz bowl finals Aug. 20 during the Dakotafest Farm Show at Mitchell for the title of quiz bowl champion.
South Dakota Farmers Union's annual quiz bowl, held inside the South Dakota State University tent on the Dakotafest grounds, featured four-person teams in a Jeopardy!-style competition where the students answered questions related to health and safety on the farm or ranch. Agriculture often is listed among the most dangerous occupations in America and this quiz bowl helps young people learn strategies to stay safe while working in agriculture.
In the semifinal round, Wolsey-Wessington defeated the FFA team from Brookings High School 180-170 to advance to the final round where they beat Clark's FFA team 155-150. Competing for Wolsey-Wessington were Ryne Johnson, Caleb Brandt, Hunter Johnson and John Hamilton.
"Wolsey-Wessington has an impressive group of young people," said South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke. "It's a testament to the quality of their FFA chapter and its advisor and an honor for their group and their school. We hope all of the young people who competed in the quiz bowl learned important information that prepares them if they're ever faced with an emergency on the farm or ranch."
The four teams who qualified for the finals were the top scoring teams out of a total of 18 FFA chapters that competed during the quiz bowl's qualifying round at the state FFA convention this past April in Brookings.
Sombke and South Dakota's Farm Service Agency State Director Craig Schaunaman served as the judges for the quiz bowl.