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

6/28/11

AMES, Iowa -- The following Worth 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. 

  • Mindy Holstad, Northwood, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Holstad, 18, is the daughter of Mark and Mary Holstad.

A six-year nontraditional 4-H member, Holstad has been very involved in 4-H programs. She has completed projects on citizenship and leadership. She participated in her county 4-H council, State 4-H Council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me acquire tools that will carry me through speeches, interviews and other situations where leadership capabilities, self confidence and communication skills are crucial,” said Holstad.
 

  • Taylor Nelson, Lake Mills, received a state 4-H crop production project award. Nelson, 17, is the son of Gary and Julie Nelson.

A seven-year 4-H member, Nelson has completed projects on science and technology, pigs, home improvement and crop production. He has been the treasurer and secretary of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Through my participation in 4-H, I have gained many life skills that will be helpful to me in the future,” said Nelson.

[PHOTO] Taylor Nelson
 

  • Ben Nettleton, Kensett, received a state 4-H Leadership project award. Nettleton, 17, is the son of Pete and Michele Nettleton.

A nine-year 4-H member, Nettleton has completed projects on poultry, beef, woodworking, leadership and photography. In his club, he was president and vice president. He has participated in his county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council, National 4-H Council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has shaped my life,” said Nettleton. “I have been changed from the shy, quite person I was in elementary school to the more talkative and outgoing person I am today.”
 

  • Brett Olson, Kensett, received a state 4-H photography project award. Olson, 16, is the son of Richard and Pamela Olson.

A seven-year 4-H member, Olson was the reporter in his 4-H club. He participated in county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Technology Team.

“I have gained so much from my experience in 4-H,” said Olson. “By being able to go to photo camp and being on the tech team, I have been able to try different things and develop my interests in the technology field.”
 

  • Amy Prestholt, Manly, received a state 4-H dog project award. Prestholt, 16, is the daughter of Dave and Linda Prestholt.

A seven-year 4-H member, Prestholt has completed projects on horses, dogs, sheep, photography and communications. In her club, she was vice president, secretary and reporter. She has participated in her county and area 4-H councils and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me to gain both life skills and knowledge as to who I can be,” said Prestholt.
 

  • Sarah Tweeten, Kensett, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Tweeten, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Julie Tweeten.

A nine-year 4-H member, Tweeten has completed projects on communication, clothing, food and nutrition, citizenship and home improvement. She has held the president, reporter and secretary positions in her 4-H club. She participated in her county and area 4-H councils, State 4-H Council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“From preparing me for the work force through interviews to helping me meet life-long friends, the 4-H program has shaped me into who I am and continues to impact me today,” said Tweeten.

[PHOTO] Sarah Tweeten

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