2013 4-H State Project Award Winners: Johnson, Linn and Madison Counties

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Jacob Bran, Solon, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Bran, 17, is the son of Sam and Mary Bran.

A five-year 4-H member, Bran has completed projects on rabbits, photography, communication, citizenship and leadership. He has served as president and recreational director for two years in his 4-H club. Bran has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Technology Team.

“I have become much more comfortable speaking in front of people since I joined 4-H, and I am very grateful to the 4-H program for helping me develop those skills,” said Bran.

[PHOTO] Jacob Bran

  • Linn County 4-H’er Christopher Caldwell, Cedar Rapids, received a state 4-H mechanics project award. Caldwell, 18, is the son of Bill and Elizabeth Caldwell.

A nine-year 4-H member, Caldwell has completed projects on dogs, food and nutrition, aerospace, electrical and visual art. He has served as vice president and historian of his 4-H club. Caldwell has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

  • Linn County 4-H’er Paul Elliot, Anamosa, received a state 4-H communication project award. Elliot, 17, is the son of Jill Elliot.

A nine-year member of 4-H, Elliot has completed projects on communication, home improvement, meats and music. He has served as president, vice president and secretary of his 4-H club. Elliot has participated in his county 4-H council, county youth committee, the Iowa 4-H Technology Team, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and National 4-H Congress.

“While I was at National Congress last November, I met people from all over the world, and together we worked on community service projects and workshops,” said Elliot. “We still connect and share ideas on how we can make an impact on our countries.”

  • Madison County 4-H’er Hannah Al-Mazroa, Peru, received a state 4-H beef project award. Al-Mazroa, 16, is the daughter of Paul and Darla Al-Mazroa.

A seven-year 4-H member, Al-Mazroa has completed projects on beef, communication, food and nutrition, photography, and citizenship. She has served as treasurer and secretary for her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me gain communication skills, leadership skills and much more,” said Al-Mazroa.

  • Madison County 4-H’er Austin Dunbar, Van Meter, received a state 4-H mechanics project award. Dunbar, 17, is the son of Wayne and Kim Dunbar.

A six-year 4-H member, Dunbar has completed projects on welding, woodworking, photography, rabbits and food and nutrition. He has served as recreation and historian with his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council and county youth committee.

“4-H has pushed me to make more challenging welding projects,” said Dunbar. “As I get older I am more inspired to improve my welding skills and hopefully someday become an expert welder.”

  • Madison County 4-H’er Elizabeth Nible, Van Meter, received a state 4-H dog project award. Nible is the daughter of Jill and Wes Nible.

A 4-H member of six years, Nible has completed projects on dogs, communication, photography, horses and rabbits. She has served as secretary and recreational leader of her 4-H club. Nible has participated in her county 4-H council.

“When I first started 4-H I was very shy, I didn’t like to talk to people,” said Nible. “Through my work in 4-H, I have gained wonderful communication skills and public speaking is easy for me now.”

[PHOTO] Elizabeth Nible

  • Madison County 4-H’er Katriana Langholz, Cumming, received a state 4-H photography project award. Langholz, 17, is the daughter of Kelly and Becky Langholz.

An eight-year member of 4-H, Langholz has completed projects on communication, photography, visual art, food and nutrition, and citizenship. She served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. Langholz has participated in her county 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, state 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“I’ve become a leader,” said Langholz. “I love citizenship and community service, and I can’t imagine my life without 4-H.”

[PHOTO] Katriana Langholz

 

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