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Youth excel in 4-H Citizenship quiz bowl

Youth from Garland, Polk, and Montgomery counties competed in the first 4-H Citizenship Quiz Bowl held at Mount Ida’s First Baptist Church. The Nov. 22 event attracted a crowd of nearly 50 people with 13 Montgomery County 4-Hers participating.

Fast facts:

  • Quiz Bowl tests contestant knowledge about citizenship
  • Quiz Bowl part of a yearlong 4-H citizenship/leadership initiative

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MOUNT IDA, Ark. -- There’s nothing like a little competition to make any subject more interesting.

Last month, youth from Garland, Polk, and Montgomery counties competed in the first 4-H Citizenship Quiz Bowl held at Mount Ida’s First Baptist Church. The Nov. 22 event attracted a crowd of nearly 50 people with 13 Montgomery County 4-Hers participating.

The youth buzzed in to answer questions related to taxes, the U.S. Constitution, U.S. presidents, state facts, history, patriotism, the three branches of government, current events, political figures, the electoral process, National monuments, and leadership. The goal of the tournament was not only to test knowledge; but also to have fun learning about citizenship and develop youth into good citizens.

“My feeling was that the kids learned a lot about citizenship,” said one of the quiz bowl volunteers. “It wasn’t just a contest but an actual learning experience for them.”

The senior division was dominated by the Montgomery County team of Kati Carmack, Callie Monk, Will Monk, and Bailey Nash who remained undefeated through the tournament. Garland County went home with a second place finish in the senior division.

Two Montgomery County teams played in the junior division. Finishing in first place was the team of Abbie Buttrum, Livie Gilvarry, Lucas Hawthorn, Jakob Myers, and Matthew Sheeley. Second place finishers were Lilith Ashcroft, Corbin Cooper, Mikayla Ellison, and Austin Gilvarry.

Montgomery County 4-H offered thanks to:

  • The Arkansas Legislature for funding a statewide 4-H citizenship project
  • First Baptist Church for the use of your facility
  • Larry Teague who provided funding for the prizes
  • Moderators: Tim Edwards, Cathy Edwards, Ken Greene, Mikayla McDowell, and Paula Brookman
  • Scorekeeper Hannah Rogers
  • Polk County 4-H, Oden High School and Caddo Hills High School for the use of your buzzer systems
  • The host of parents who volunteered to assist at the tournament
  • A very special thank you goes to Mary Monk for sharing her invaluable expertise organizing the tournament!

 Amy Monk, Montgomery County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said one senior 4-Her said the quiz bowl meant, “I knew more than I thought I did!” and a junior 4-H member said “I learned so much just listening to the questions and answers.”


To learn more about the Arkansas 4-H program contact your county extension office.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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