Fifty Iowa 4-H'ers have earned state 4-H project awards. A state 4-H project award is the highest achievement 4-H'ers can receive in project work. Each student also received a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
Brenda Allen, a 4-H youth development specialist with Iowa State University Extension, said these awards indicate that the youths not only have mastered skills in that particular area, but also have shared their knowledge through presentations, workshops or helping others. In addition, 4-H project award winners must convey what they've gained in their project through a rigorous state application and interview process.
Follow the links below for information about the recipients by county:
In other recent 4-H news, the Fayette County Senior Dairy Quiz Bowl Team placed first in the annual 4-H Youth Dairy Quiz Bowl, held June 14, 2011 at the Starmont High School in Arlington. The team will represent Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Ky., in November. Teams from Delaware and Dubuque counties also placed in the event.
The event provides experience for the up and coming youth to demonstrate their knowledge about the dairy industry, says Mike Anderson, 4-H ag program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension.
The winning team, Dairy Stellar Sizzling Spritzers, included Gina Fisher, Jake Mills, Molly Schmitt and Kelli Steinlage. Diana Stewart and Joey Adams were the coaches for Fayette County. The second place senior team was Dubuque County's Under the Influence of Dairy. Team members included Megan Rauen, Emily Neumueller, Josh Simon, Emily Simon, Elizabeth Brehm and Austin Knapp. Shirley Simon was the coach for Dubuque County.
Each year, the Fayette County 4-H Dairy Club presents a traveling trophy to each division winner in memory of Connie Stewart and her daughter Sarah Stewart.
The winning intermediate division team was from Delaware County. Team members included Katelyn Goldsmith, Mindy Burkle, Nick Bagge and Matthew Lansing. Jennifer Zumbach was the Delaware County coach. The second place intermediate team was from Fayette County. Powerhouse Cows team included Mary Scott, Katie Stewart, Ashley Baumler, Sally Hamlett and Nathan Arthur.
Taking top honors in the junior division was the Delaware County team. Members included Tehya Maree Demmer, Amanda Engelken, Haley Fitzpatrick, Matt Hense and Cole Kruse. The second place team in the junior division was from Dubuque County. The team members were Rachael Brehm, Lexie Ehrlich, Julie Hammerand and Amanda Dougherty.
Iowa 4-H Foundation Dairy Endowment provides various awards
The scores of a written exam, team questions and toss-up competition combined to determine the winners of each match in this double elimination event. The Iowa 4-H Foundation Dairy Endowment provided various awards for the event and will provide funding for the senior team's trip to Louisville. Fifty-six youth participated in the quiz bowl: 12 seniors, 22 intermediates and 22 juniors.