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N.D. 4-H’ers place in national competition

The Morton County consumer choices 4-H team that placed nationally (front, l-r) Renae Tokach, Rachel Goettle, (back, l-r) Tyrza Hoines, Vanessa Hoines, Dominick Goettle. Submitted photo

A Morton County 4-H team returned home with several awards during the 4-H / FFA Western National Roundup in Colorado in January.

The Morton County consumer choices team, consisting of Dominick Goettle, Rachel Goettle, Tyrza Hoines and Renae Tokach, was third place overall in the consumer decision-making competition held in Denver, with a second place in reasons and fifth places in the placings and group process portions of the event.

Prior to the competition, participants studied 12 different consumer topics in preparation for the event. During the competition team members were asked to evaluate and rank four different items related to one of the topics they had researched, six topics were chosen by contest coordinators for the teams to judge. Given the situation that was posed, they ordered the items from best to worst, prepared reasons for the decisions made and presented their reasons to a judge. Following that, teams were presented with a group situation in which they were required to discuss options, make a decision and present their plan to the judges. They were evaluated on their ability to work together and present their ideas in a clear concise manner.

“This event is a great opportunity for youth to learn to make decisions based on priorities/needs and they learn about items they may be actively purchasing as consumers. Finally, learning to defend their decisions in an organized and confident manner is a lifetime skill,” said Vanessa Hoines, Morton County NDSU Extension Agent. “These Morton County 4-Hers are an excellent example of the talented youth we have in North Dakota.”

Individually, Rachel Goettle finished second overall, with a second in placings and fourth in reasons. Dominick Goettle placed fourth overall and fourth in placings.