4-H'ers from Muscatine, Osceola, Polk and Sac 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. 

  • Muscatine County 4-H’er Sarah Brooks, Blue Grass, received a state 4-H photography project award. Brooks, 16, is the daughter of Russ and Diane Brooks.

An eight-year 4-H member, Brooks has completed projects on photography, dogs, visual arts, citizenship and consumer science. Brooks has been the president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and the 4-H Exchange program.

“When I joined 4-H eight years ago, I was afraid to give a 4-H presentation, but now I am a senior 4-H’er ready to speak and make a difference,” said Brooks.

[PHOTO] Sarah Brooks
 

  • Osceola County 4-H’er Kevin Berkland, Sibley, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Berkland, 18, is the son of Daniel and Loretta Berkland.

A nine-year 4-H member, Berkland has completed projects on entomology, citizenship, leadership, communications and livestock. In his 4-H club, Berkland has served as president, treasurer and historian. He has participated in his county and area 4-H councils, the county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has provided me with the opportunities to improve my leadership, citizenship, communications and record-keeping skills, all of which I will certainly rely on in college and in the future,” said Berkland.

[PHOTO] Kevin Berkland
 

  • Polk County 4-H’er Hannah Thayer, Urbandale, received a state 4-H communication project award. Thayer, 17, is the daughter of David and Barb Thayer.

A seven-year 4-H member, Thayer completed projects on communications, home improvement, food and nutrition, photography and clothing. She has served as president of her 4-H club. She participated in her county and area 4-H councils.

“4-H has helped me become a better person overall,” said Thayer. “I have gained skills that I will use the rest of my life.”

[PHOTO] Hannah Thayer
 

  • Polk County 4-H’er Brett Timmins, received a state 4-H swine project award.
  • Sac County 4-H’er Renae Drey, Early, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Drey, 15, is the daughter of Dean and Deb Drey.

A six-year 4-H member, Drey completed projects on leadership, food and nutrition, consumer management, communications and leadership. She held the treasurer position in her 4-H club and was on the telephone committee and public relations committee. She participated in county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me build my character and develop who I am,” said Drey. “4-H has encouraged me to help others and to communicate with others.”

[PHOTO] Renae Drey
 

  • Sac County 4-H’er Elizabeth Feilmeier, Early, received a state 4-H visual arts project award. Feilmeier, 17, is the daughter of Dale and Mary Feilmeier.

A six-year 4-H member, Feilmeier completed projects on communications, visual arts, citizenship, leadership and food and nutrition. She held positions such as president, vice president and committee chair in her 4-H club. She participated in her county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council, National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“I love speaking in front of people and that really is a gift developed from 4-H,” said Feilmeier.
 

  • Sac County 4-H’er Tyler Pickhinke, Early, received a state 4-H communication project award. Pickhinke, 15, is the son of Steve and Tracy Pickhinke.

A six-year 4-H member, Pickhinke completed projects on communications, leadership, citizenship, foods and science and engineering. He has served as reporter and treasurer in his 4-H club. He participated in county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me to conquer fears like talking to large groups of people; it has taught me to look for the needs of the community and how to lead others,” said Pickhinke.

[PHOTO] Tyler Pickhinke

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