Northeast Student Affiliate (NESA)

2017 UMass NESA Team - Second Place Overall Institution!

UMass Team A - Aiden McGrath, Heather Mischel, Reilly McNamara, Mikayla Diedrick - 6th Place Quiz Bowl, 8th Place Team Livestock Judging, 6th Place Overall Team

UMass Team B - Annie Le, Yoonjin Moon, Kyle Rogers, Kaitlyn McGarvey - 2nd Place Team Livestock Judging, 10th Place Overall Team

UMass Team C - Sophia Upton, Abby Cashel, Eddie Wong, Leilani Sung - 3rd Place Quiz Bowl, 8th Place Overall Team

UMass Team D - Abbey Kingston, Emily Jacoboski, Sandra Barzola, Nicole Neely

UMass Team E - Miranda Senft, Bradley Fowler, Katrina Klobucher, Allison Jasa

Annie Le - 3rd Place Independent Research

Nicole Neely - 5th Place Individual Presentation

Kyle Rogers - 10th Place Individual Livestock Judging


2017 team

2017 UMass NESA Team - 50 Ribbons and Second Place Overall!

The Northeast Student Affiliate (NESA) is the Northeast regional meeting of the Student Affiliate Division (SAD) of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). The Northeast Regional meeting is held annually during the month of February at a pre-determined “host” school and many Northeastern colleges and universities participate, making for a great gathering of people interested in Animal Science and a wonderful networking opportunity.  During the annual NESA meeting, UMass students compete in: livestock judging, a quiz bowl, and paper presentations.  There is also a competition in which students who are participating in original undergraduate research present their results.  The top scoring schools, and individual teams from each school, go home with awards and bragging rights.

2017-2018 NESA - Faculty Advisor - jbalise [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (John Balise)

When: The first meeting of NESA will be the first Thursday in the fall ’17 semester. All subsequent meetings will be on Thursdays.

What Time: 5-7pm

Where: Room 427R, ISB

What will be Accomplished:

-Students will prepare for the quiz bowl by going over sample questions that have been collected throughout the years.

-Students will be able to get a feel for the buzzer system which they will use during the practice sessions, as well as working on teams of four.

-Students who have agreed to be the paper presenter for their particular team will start working on those presentations during the fall semester.

-Once the presentations have reached a certain stage, the presenter will work with a faculty member to put the finishing touches on their presentations.

-Informative sessions will be given on judging for the five main livestock species; beef cows, dairy cows, sheep, swine and horses.

-Practice sessions will then be arranged for the five main livestock species so that students can put their judging knowledge to the test.

-Practices will carry over into the spring semester until the date of the event.

This is a non-credit, school event that many students choose to participate in. These students demonstrate the devotion and dedication of UMass Veterinary & Animal Sciences students to their major and future careers. Students who participate in this group are required to be members of the Veterinary & Animal Sciences department.

Students who are interested in assisting the faculty advisor will be assigned responsibilities in the fall semester.


NESA - North East Student Affiliate 2017

On February 25th UMass competed in the annual NESA competition at the University of Rhode Island. Our 28 students did an amazing job, bringing home Second Place and a total of 50 ribbons, far more than any other school. This wasn’t mere luck; each member spent countless hours in preparation for this event and was ready to dominate! Seniors Paige Mechan and Matt Poe lead the dedicated team and are so proud of each member’s successes. With first place mere points away this year, we have the capability of taking home the trophy next year!

Overall University: #2 UMass

Livestock Judging Individual Awards: #1 Katrina Klobucher  #5 Yoonjin Moon

Team Awards: #4 UMass D  #5 UMass A  #7 UMass B  #8 UMass F

Livestock Judging Teams: #4 UMass B  #10 UMass F

Individual Presentations: #7 Bradley Fowler  #10 Jennifer Finne

Quiz Bowl Teams: #3 UMass A  #5 UMass D  #8 UMass F  #9 UMass C  #10 UMass E

Student Coordinators- Paige Mechan and Matt Poe
UMass Team A- Paige Mechan, Aiden McGrath, Lexi Henderson, Molly McGuigan
UMass Team B- Katrina Klobucher, Matt Poe, Annie Le, Eddie Wong
UMass Team C- Miranda Senft, Yoonjin Moon, Sophia Upton, Kyle Rogers
UMass Team D- Bradley Fowler, Emily Jacoboski, Abbey Kingston, Nicole Neely
UMass Team E- Jennifer Finne, Leilani Sung, Sandra Barzola, Mikayla Diedrick
UMass Team F- Abby Cashel, Heather Mischel, Matt Frey, Reilly McNamara
UMass Team G- Aliza Yaillen, Kaitlyn McGarvey, Heather Baba, Emily Britton







Senior Students

Junior students 2017








Junior Students

sophomore students 2017





Sophomore Students

freshmen students 2017








Freshmen Students


Livestock judging 2017








Livestock Judging


NESA - North East Student Affiliate 2016

The University of Connecticut hosted the 2016 annual competition February 5-6th.
Twenty UMass students competed and took home the 5th place overall institution ribbon.

Katrina Klobucher 4th place Individual Livestock Judging

Presenters - Sabryna Whitman, Kaitlyn Benjamin, Sarah Paquette - 5th place award winner, Kendra Anderson and Matthew Poe

8th place Livestock Judging Team: Team B - Katrina Klobucher, Miranda Senft, Sabryna Whitman, Holly Sullivan

Team A - Kendra Anderson, Paige Mechan, Courtney Babcock, Annie Le

Team C - Sophia Upton, Matt Poe, Arynn Mundorf, Abbey Kingston

Team D - Sandra Barzola, Kaitlyn Benjamin, Yoonjin Moon, Aiden McGrath

Team E - Sarah Paquette, Sarah Ferruggiaro, Emily Jacobski, Sandra Chen

Sabryna Whitman, Holly Sullivan and Courtney Babcock, NESA student coordinators with John Balise, Faculty Advisor


UMASS hosted 2014 Northeast Regional Meeting

The UMass NESA students hosted the 2014 annual meeting and competition on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  The event was sponsored by  Farm Credit East, Purina Animal Nutrition, a division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition.  Students from the University of Maine, University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Delaware Valley College participated.  Over 250 guests participated and found the event both educational and fun as it provided an opportunity for students from eleven universities interested in animal science and agriculture to share ideas and compete.

As the host school, UMass students assisted in coordinating and directing all the events but did not participate in the events. All awards were announced at the culminating banquet held in the Student Union Ball Room.