The Bell County 4-H consumer decision-making team — Peter Fasolino, Nathaniel Fasolino, Brandon Stone and Brittany Stone — poses with prizes they received for taking first place in the district contest March 2 in Waco. Read more about the team on page 5.

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BELTON — Bell County 4-H club members from Belton took first place in the District 4-H consumer decision-making contest March 2 in Waco.

Peter Fasolino, Nathaniel Fasolino, Brandon Stone and Brittany Stone competed against 11 other teams and will advance to the state competition in June in College Station.

Consumer is a 4-H category designed to build decision-making skills. Debbie Fasolino and Micah Holcombe have coached consumer for six years.

“Consumer has been a way of thinking for our family,” Debbie Fasolino said, adding that her family has participated for 12 years.

“It really helps with the everyday experiences in shopping,” Brittany Stone said.

In competition, each team member is given a scenario, similar to a word problem, and four sample products to study and judge in various product classes like media players, computers, cellphones, digital cameras, televisions and snacks.

“This simple contest helps with decision making of any kind,” Debbie Fasolino said.

Participants evaluate the items and determine which is the better buy.

After each judging, team members explain their choices in the “reasons” part of the competition.

“Reasons can make or break you,” Holcombe said.

Brandon Stone scored low in reasons and plans to practice more so he can improve by the state competition.

Peter Fasolino, who placed first in individual competition, hopes to advance to the national competition in January.

“We get to go to Denver for a week,” he said.

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