Two county 4-H Dairy Bowl teams placed first at the state competition in College Park, capping a year of studying, missed TV and hard work.
"It can be sort of demanding, knowing everything at once," saidsenior team member Mary Ellen Seraydian of Taneytown.
"I pretty much cut out TV" to study, the 14-year-old said.
Sheplaced sixth in the individual competition, earning the right to compete for a place on the Maryland team that will travel to the national competition in Louisville, Ky., in November.
Carroll's senior and intermediate teams placed first in the April 4 competition, in which 4-H'ers answered questions about dairy cows and goats in a quiz show-style competition.
The county's junior team placed fourth.
Sixteen teams with 45 members from six Maryland counties competed in the contest.
Brett Haines, 9, the junior team captain, said, "It's fun in a way. You have to practice a lot, so it's a lot of running around."
He said the hardest part for him was memorizing the five dairy goat breeds. He lives on a dairy cow farm outside Taneytown.
County coach Loretta Wright of Westminster said team members studied hard throughout the year, but also had fun and met new friends at the competitions.
"My philosophy is if you're going to represent Carroll County, I want you to do your best," she said. "But I want them to have fun and learn something."
Members were "team-oriented" and worked well together, Wright said.
Dairy Bowl competitions require 4-H'ers to know everything about dairy cows and goats from how they grow, to their medical problems, to the costs of running a farm.
Intermediate team captain Kristin Myers, 11, of New Windsor, said of thecompetition, "It's fun. I really enjoy it."
Three of the four senior team members placed in the top 10 in individual standings,giving them the opportunity to compete in September for five spots on the Maryland team. The state team will go to the National 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest on Nov. 7 in Louisville.
In addition to Seraydian, senior team captain Jacob Thomas of Keymar qualified by placing fifth, and Jeffrey Fritz earned a spot by placing eighth. The fourth senior team member was Kelly Myers of New Windsor.
State coachMark A. Varner, a dairy science specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service, said he will work with the top 10 qualifiers to preparethem for the tryout in September.
Other intermediate team memberswere Kelly Melville of Carrollton and Jessica Fritz and Jeffrey Sutton, both of New Windsor.
Other junior team members were Justin Thomas of Keymar and Justin Watt of Middleburg. Tom and Sam Muller, bothof Westminster and nephews of Wright's, helped coach the team.