Mississippi County 4-H team place third in Nationals
Mississippi County 4-H team was honored Friday with a reception recognizing their accomplishments as the first team from the county to place in National competition. Team members, Shelby Simpson with Book Worms 4-H Club, and Elizabeth Anderson, Abigail Anderson and Macie Smith with King Cotton 4-H Club, earned the chance to compete at the Western National Roundup held in Denver, Colo., by winning first place in the food quiz bowl at the Arkansas 4-H O'Rama held in July. The National Roundup was held Jan. 3-8.
Elizabeth Easley, Mississippi County 4-H agent, commended the girls for their work and dedication in winning the state competition and going on to raise the funds needed to go to the national competition.
The team placed third in Nationals with team member Macie Davis winning third place in high points.
They prepared for the National competition while holding fund-raising events and speaking to local organizations throughout the county.
“In addition to the food and nutrition information the team studied, they improved on their speaking skills as they addressed different organizations, leadership skills, and fund-raising skills,” Easley said.
The team expressed their appreciation to all of the groups and individuals who helped in their efforts to raise the funds for the trip.
The national competition was a Family, Consumer Science Bowl and was challenging. The Mississippi County team won several rounds and finished third. Team members had to take a written test with essay questions before the quiz bowl to seat the teams. The essay questions would be used as a tie breaker if needed.
Mississippi County Extension Service Chair Ray Benson congratulated the girls and their leaders.
“This is the first 4-H team in the county to compete in the Nationals,” Benson said. “We are proud of your accomplishments.”
In addition to competing at the Nationals, the girls attended several workshops with some great motivational speakers. They met other 4-H'ers from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.
The girls said during their visit the weather was better in Denver than in Mississippi County. It was the first time for some of the girls to travel by air and they all enjoyed the train ride, and visited an aquarium and an art museum. They also enjoyed visiting the national stock show. They all agreed, the mountains were beautiful.
The girls plan on taking what they learned to help their own county 4-H Clubs and encourage others to compete at the district, state and national levels. They want to hold workshops on leadership skills, fund-raising and public speaking.
Twins Abigail and Elizabeth Anderson of Armorel have been members of 4-H for five years. This is their final year as they will turn 19. Going to the Nationals was a great way to finish their 4-H years. The twins and Macie Davis are 4-H Arkansas Teen Stars.
Macie of Manila has been a member of 4-H for four years. Shelby Simpson has been a member of 4-H for eight years. Both have received numerous 4-H awards. While in Denver Macie and Shelby heard about a 4-H grant to a Healthy Living Summit to be held in Washington, D.C. They spent their time on the trip home writing essays, “How can 4-H help you improve our community health” to submit.
Team members agree 4-H has been a positive part of their lives.