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4-H consumer decision making team from Steele County earns honors at national competition

The team placed fourth overall in the nation.

A North Dakota 4-H consumer decision making team from Steele County earned top placings at the 2024 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences National Championship and Conference in San Antonio.

The contest is designed to educate youth about making better consumer decisions. This year’s consumer classes were bedding, carry-on luggage, wearable technology, event venues, fast food and lighting. The team competed in class placings, oral reasons and a group think activity.

Members of the Steele County team were Mackenzie Motter from Clifford, Emma Gullicks from Galesburg and Grace Mitchell from Galesburg.

The team placed fourth overall, fourth in the reasons category and second in the group think category. Gullicks earned the highest overall individual score in the nation. She placed first in the placings category and third in the reasons category. Mitchell and Motter, placed 11th and 26th overall, respectively.

Megan Vig, NDSU Extension agent in Steele County, coached the team.

“I am so proud of these three youths for putting in the time and effort to prepare for the national contest,” Vig says. “It was a joy to watch them thrive in the Consumer Decision Making Contest and work as a team, especially within the group think activity. They did an awesome job representing North Dakota!”

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation sponsored the team for the national contest.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Feb. 29, 2024

Source: Meagan Hoffman, 701-231-7964, meagan.scott@ndsu.edu

Editor: Elizabeth, Cronin, 701-231-7006, elizabeth.cronin@ndsu.edu

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