4-H'ers from Linn, Lucas and Madison 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. 

  • Linn County 4-H’er Paul Elliott, Anamosa, received a state 4-H music project award. Elliott, 15, is the son of Jill Elliott.

A nine-year 4-H member, Elliott has completed projects on communications, agriculture and natural resources, music, photography and family heritage. He has held positions such as president, vice president and secretary in his 4-H club. He participated in county 4-H council, the county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Technology Team.

  • Linn County 4-H’er Calvin McBride, Toddville, received a state 4-H meat goat project award. McBride, 18, is the son of Ivan and Lyn McBride.

A nine-year member of 4-H, McBride has completed projects on meat goats, animal science, veterinary science and crop production. McBride has served as president, treasurer and reporter of his 4-H club. He participated in county 4-H council and the county youth committee.

“Through my projects in 4-H, I have developed a passion for agriculture,” said McBride.

[PHOTO] Calvin McBride

  • Lucas County 4-H’er Renae Beard, Chariton, received a state 4-H swine project award. Beard, 17, is the daughter of Randy and Jackie Beard.

An eight-year 4-H member, Beard has completed projects on communications, clothing, swine, photography and original arts. She has held the president, secretary and historian positions in her 4-H club. She has participated in her county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council, National 4-H Congress, the county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“I come from a long line of 4-H’ers, and I am proud to say that I bleed green,” said Beard. “For me, 4-H was an outlet; it was the talented and gifted program that I never had, but always wanted to be a part of, and it was just waiting for me to discover it.”
 

  • Madison County 4-H’er Zane Peters, Winterset, received a state 4-H horse project award. Peters, 17, is the son of Rick and Jana Peters.

An eight-year 4-H member, Peters has completed projects on horses, dogs and communications. He held positions such as vice president and treasurer in his 4-H club. He participated in county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has taught me several life skills that I can use no matter what I do later in life,” said Peters. “Skills such as leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship are valuable to today’s youth, and 4-H has taught me these qualities.”

[PHOTO] Zane Peters

  • Madison County 4-H’er Abbey Smith, Adel, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Smith, 18, is the daughter of R.W. and Cindy Smith.

A nine-year 4-H member, Smith has completed projects on horses, dogs, citizenship, leadership and communications. In her 4-H club, she has held such positions as president, secretary and treasurer.  She participated in her county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Being involved in the Madison County Horse Project has taught me a lot of things about the horse industry,” said Smith.

[PHOTO] Abbey Smith

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