4-H’ers receive awards during annual recognition program

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
4-H’ers receive awards during annual recognition program

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by Story County Extension

Story County 4-H’ers and volunteers were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2015 Story County 4-H Awards Program held on Nov. 1 at the Gateway Center in Ames. Emcees were Dylan McKinley and Ally Babcock.

Over 200 awards were given out to active 4-H’ers and volunteers. This celebration was a great way to congratulate 4-H’ers on their project accomplishments and achievements this past year and to thank volunteers for sharing their knowledge and guidance with 4-H’ers. These roles may have included serving as a club leader, offering a project workshop, being a county fair superintendent, serving on the 4-H Youth Development Committee and many more!

4-H has Clover Kid participants in kindergarten through third grade. Clover Kids were recognized as they graduate from Clover Kids and advance their experience through 4-H. 4-H’ers in grades four-12 were recognized for completing their first year in 4-H, completing officer roles and overall club achievement awards, as determined by the club leaders. They also had the opportunity to receive participation awards by completing requirements, which included attending a county event and participating in a communication experience. 4-H’ers submitted applications for project awards and the top county 4-H award applicants completed an interview with two evaluators. 4-H’ers were also recognized for their participation in Iowa 4-H activities.

Many individuals and organizations donated to the 4-H awards program as a way to congratulate the 4-H’ers and volunteers for their accomplishments. They do this by financially sponsoring awards or providing gift certificates that support a 4-H member in a specific project area. The 2015 supporters include: Ben Franklin, JoAnn and Lee Blanchard, Cooks Emporium, GROWMARK, Hanks Hardware, Holub Garden and Greenhouse, Nevada Golden K Kiwanis, ISU Extension & Outreach, New Century Farm Service, Carolyn and Ralph Manning, Reiman Garden, Rieman Music, Serenity Pet Spa, Shirley Sim, Story County Cattleman Association, The Loft, The Quilting Connection, Wal-Mart and Western Edge.

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences. Youth become confident as they develop skills in leadership, citizenship, communication, and other life skills through their 4-H experiences. To learn more about the 4-H program, please contact the Story County ISU Extension and Outreach Office located at 220 H Ave. in Nevada. You can also call at 515-382-6551, email 4-H Coordinator Mary Wilkins at mwilkins@iastate.edu or view www.extension.iastate.edu/story.