Pontotoc County 4-H members win national competition

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PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "We've just been waiting to get that national title so when our names were called at the awards banquet, we were all really excited and couldn't believe that we'd finally done it, Amanda Daniel said.

Daniel has been a member of the Pontotoc County 4-H club for the past 8 years.

The 4-H club, which stands for head, heart, hands and health is an organization that teaches life skills to kids ages 5 to 18.

There's a 4-H program in every county in Oklahoma.

"It's shown me how to present myself well, how to work as a team and how to just speak in an acceptable manner," Daniels said.

The Pontotoc County 4-H club has competed in the Family and Consumer Science skill-a-thon for the past 4 years.

"A couple time we were national runners up, and we were tired of that," 4-H Youth Development Educator Becky Walker said,

Walker says, the win means a lot to these youngsters.

"This one was probably as special and were more special than some because this particular group of kids that we had actually started this type of competition when they were all about 10 years old," Walker said.

During the competition, teams had to properly identify 25 (out of 300) house hold items within 15 minutes, they also had to answer scenario-based questions to find the best outcomes.

Tasks Family Consumer Sciences Educator Janna Kelley says the 4-H members prepared for, for months.

"This year we were really determined we wanted to win, the last three years we brought home, the high individual, so for us to win overall , it was great,"Kelley said.

Daniel she'll always appreciate what 4-H has taught her.

"Seeing what 4-H has given me has been incredible," Daniel said, "as well us what I've been able to give back in the 4-H program, like teaching my younger teammates this past weekend."