4-H’ers from Humboldt, Jackson, Johnson and Jones Counties Earn 2011 State 4-H Project Awards

6/28/11

AMES, Iowa -- The following 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. 

  • Humboldt County 4-H’er Sarah Rasmussen, Goldfield, received a state 4-H visual arts project award. Rasmussen, 16, is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Rasmussen.

A seven-year 4-H member, Rasmussen completed projects on visual arts, communications, textiles and clothing and photography. In her 4-H club, she has held positions such as vice president, treasurer and photographer. She participated in county 4-H council.

“4-H is my ‘sport,’” said Rasmussen. “It challenges me to set goals and follow through to achieve those goals, not for a scholastic grade, but for my own self-improvement.”

[PHOTO] Sarah Rasmussen

  • Jackson County 4-H’er Erin Grant, Miles, received a state 4-H clothing project award. Grant, 19, is the daughter of Cliff and Carolyn Grant.

A nine-year 4-H member, Grant completed projects on clothing, fashion review, clothing selection, swine, food and nutrition and photography. Grant has been the secretary, treasurer and historian of her 4-H club. She participated in county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me with my communication, leadership and other skills that I will use when I move away from home and go to college,” said Grant.

[PHOTO] Erin Grant

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Rebecca Haugland, Solon, received a state 4-H home improvement project award. Haugland, 16, is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland.

An eight-year 4-H member, Haugland completed projects on home improvement, rabbits, clothing, communications and photography. In her 4-H club, she has held positions such as president, historian and leader’s assistant. She participated in her county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council, the county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Before 4-H, I was very shy, but 4-H activities got me out and involved and taught me communication skills that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else,” said Haugland.
 

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Natalie Kasper, Tiffin, received a state 4-H clothing project award. Kasper, 17, is the daughter of Teresa Kasper.

An eight-year 4-H member, Kasper completed projects on visual arts, clothing, woodworking, goats and rabbits. She held the secretary position in her 4-H club. She participated in county 4-H council.

“4-H has allowed me to grow and develop skills and interests, exploring talents I can’t fully utilize in school, as well as improving weaknesses in my abilities,” said Kasper.
 

  • Jones County 4-H’er Jenna Walleser, Cascade, received a state 4-H communication project award. Walleser, 15, is the daughter of Owen and Kristine Walleser.

A seven-year 4-H member, Walleser has completed projects on communications, food and nutrition, child development, horticulture and photography. Walleser has served as president, vice president and photographer of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county and area 4-H acouncils and State 4-H Council.

“I have had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that have bettered myself and my community,” said Walleser. “4-H has taught me many leadership, citizenship and communication skills that I will use throughout my life."

[PHOTO] Jenna Walleser

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