Hamilton County 4-H’ers Earn 2011 State 4-H Project Awards

6/28/11

AMES, Iowa -- The following Hamilton County 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. 

  • Caitlin Brown, Ellsworth, received a state 4-H communication project award. Brown, 17, is the daughter of Thad and Tia Brown.

An eight-year 4-H member, Brown completed projects on communications, horses, visual arts, photography and wildlife. She has been the co-president, recreation leader and photographer of her 4-H club.

“4-H has helped me in many ways, but the two main areas that it has had the most influence on me are in the communications and horse project areas,” said Brown.

[PHOTO] Caitlin Brown

  • Nicole Heinrichs, Webster City, received a state 4-H leadership project award.

An eight-year 4-H member, Heinrichs, 17, completed projects on leadership and citizenship. She has been the president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council, State 4-H Council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has given me the chance to be a stronger person,” said Heinrichs. “It’s also helped me become a great leader and citizen in my community."

  • Whitney Schutt, Williams, received a state 4-H dog project award. Schutt, 15, is the daughter of Bret and Jackie Schutt.

A seven-year member of 4-H, Schutt completed projects on home improvement, dogs, food and nutrition, communications and child development. In her 4-H club, she held the secretary and recreation positions. She participated in county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has taught me that community service can be fun and rewarding,” said Schutt. “4-H has also taught me that leadership is stepping up and taking charge.”

[PHOTO] Whitney Schutt

  • Katie Short, Webster City, received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award. Short, 16, is the daughter of Lynn and Sherry Leksell.

A seven-year 4-H member, Short completed projects on food and nutrition, citizenship, communications, visual arts and leadership. In her 4-H club, she held the president, treasurer and reporter positions. She participated in her county 4-H council, State 4-H Council, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has been an integral part of my high school career,” said Short. “Via 4-H, I have had opportunities in my project areas that have allowed me to work with a variety of people.”
 

  • Courtney Stakey, Kamrar, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Stakey, 18, is the daughter of Doran and Cathy Stakey.

A nine-year member of 4-H, Stakey completed projects on leadership, citizenship, food and nutrition, swine and personal development. She was the president of her 4-H club for two years, as well as secretary and historian. She participated in her county 4-H council, State 4-H Council, National 4-H Congress, the county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has had a huge impact on my life,” said Stakey. “It has given me countless opportunities I never would have experienced if it weren’t for this program. It has allowed me to explore my interests and develop my career aspirations.”

[PHOTO] Courtney Stakey

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