Two Clay County 4-H Youth Receive State Honors

Ames, Iowa-Two Clay County 4-H members received honors at a ceremony held on June 27 at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. 

Madison Schwenneker, Meadow Busy Bees 4-H club member, was one of the fifty Iowa 4-H'ers who were selected to receive state 4-H project awards. More than 130 4-H youth applied for the awards this year, which are given to youth who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area.

4-H projects cover a wide variety of genres from citizenship to photography, giving 4-H'ers the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in many areas."4-H'ers can choose from one or more project areas that allow them to develop skills and interests in the areas of healthy living, STEM, citizenship and leadership, as well as communication and the arts," said Cayla Taylor, a state 4-H program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Taylor explained that the 4-H'ers completed a rigorous written application and were interviewed, giving the applicants valuable communication experiences. "Achieving a state 4-H project award is a great honor and testament to the 4-H'ers dedication to mastering skills in a project area, while also sharing their knowledge of the project with others through communications, leadership and citizenship opportunities," said Taylor.

Lauren Schwarck, also a Meadow Busy Bees 4-H club member, will be beginning her term as a member of the Iowa 4-H Youth Council.  The young leaders will serve as 4-H ambassadors in their home counties and throughout the regions they represent in the state. They also will participate in various statewide functions.

“The state council is made up of an outstanding group of people from across the state,” said Brenda Allen, state 4-H youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “During three days of ambassador training, they practiced sharing their 4-H stories, learned about specifics in the state 4-H program and learned about one another. I am confident they are prepared to represent the Iowa 4-H program with enthusiasm and grace. It is a pleasure to work with such accomplished and motivated youth, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.”

Other responsibilities of state council members include working at the Iowa State Fair, planning the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and serving with the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

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