Seven Story County 4-H’ers were recognized for their accomplishments during the State 4-H Recognition Day, April 1, on the Iowa State University campus. This statewide event, held each spring, is the culmination of the year’s recognition process.


State Recognition Day brings 4-H’ers from across the state together in celebration as the recipients of several leadership opportunities and awards are announced. Iowa 4-H’ers selected to be State 4-H Council members, National 4-H Conference delegates, National 4-H Congress delegates, Shooting Sports Ambassadors and project area award recipients are announced and honored.


Fifty youth were selected from around the state to win project area awards. These young people have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area throughout their 4-H career. The following will represent Story County: Josiah B. of Ellsworth, Communication Project Award; Kylene H. of Ames, Poultry Project Award; Dana E. of Cambridge, Swine Project Award, 2017-2018 State 4-H Council, National 4-H Congress Delegate; Ben R. of Nevada, Photography Project Award and Justine Rosburg of Ames, Dog Project Award.


The Iowa 4-H recognition process begins locally in each county and concludes each year with State 4-H Recognition Day. All Iowa 4-H’ers are welcome and encouraged to participate in recognition events, whether at the local, state or national level. In order to apply, each member must determine their eligibility for the various state opportunities available; summarize their personal and project area goals, and their experiences in and out of 4-H events and programs.


A three-member statewide award evaluation committee then reviews each application. Each committee is comprised of an ISU Extension and Outreach staff member, a 4-H volunteer and a college aged former 4-H member. The application process wraps up with the full day event in Ames, where each member is interviewed by his or her evaluation committee.


The Iowa 4-H Youth Development program values recognition as an important part of positive youth development. The 4-H recognition process has been designed to motivate young people to excel, foster self-appraisal skills, encourage individualized learning, and encourage engagement into increasingly difficult challenges.


For more information on the Iowa 4-H program, please contact your local county ISU Extension and Outreach office at kblake@iastate.edu or 515-382-6551.