2013 4-H State Project Award Winners: Marshall, O'Brien, Polk and Poweshiek Counties

  • Marshall County 4-H’er Daniel Blom, Marshalltown, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Blom, 17, is the son of Burt and Mary Blom.

An eight-year 4-H member, Blom has completed projects on leadership, citizenship, communication, science, engineering and technology, and visual art. He has served as president, vice president and treasurer of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council and county youth committee.

“I have gained leadership and administration skills through 4-H that will allow me now, and in the future, to serve others in a greater capacity,” said Blom.

[PHOTO] Daniel Blom

  • O’Brien County 4-H’er Kristen Elyea, Hartley, received a state 4-H visual art project award. Elyea, 17, is the daughter of Kent and Charlene Elyea.

An eight-year member of 4-H, Elyea has completed projects on citizenship, communication, natural resources, sewing and visual art. She has held the position of historian in her 4-H club.

“4-H has taught me how to communicate effectively and how to use my personal interests as a way to connect with others,” said Elyea.

[PHOTO] Kristen Elyea

  • Polk County 4-H’er Andrea Nelson, Mitchellville, received a state 4-H beef project award. Nelson, 17, is the daughter of James and Judy Nelson.

An eight-year 4-H member, Nelson has completed projects on beef, sheep, visual art, clothing and home improvement. She has served as secretary, president and recreational leader. Nelson has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me be a better person,” said Nelson. “It has taught me how to communicate with others through interviews and presentations.”

  • Polk County 4-H’er Michelle Temeyer, Polk City, received a state 4-H consumer management project award. Temeyer, 18, is the daughter of Vance and Jan Temeyer.

A nine-year 4-H member, Temeyer has completed projects on citizenship, leadership, home improvement, food and nutrition, and consumer management. She has served as president, treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. Temeyer has participated in her county 4-H council, county youth committee, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and state 4-H council.

“4-H has helped me develop life skills in leadership, citizenship and communication that I will utilize in all aspects of my life,” said Temeyer.

[PHOTO] Michelle Temeyer

  •  Polk County 4-H’er Zach Vermillion, Pleasant Hill, received a state 4-H visual art project award. Vermillion, 15, is the son of Tim and Michele Vermillion.

A six-year 4-H member, Vermillion has completed projects on sheep, visual art, home improvement, photography and woodworking. He has served as vice president, treasurer and historian for his 4-H club. Vermillion has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, and is an advisory board member for Polk County 4-H.

“4-H has taught me to be a leader in my club and in my community,” said Vermillion.

  • Poweshiek County 4-H’er Catelyn Graham, Grinnell, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Graham, 16, is the daughter of Tom and Jeri Graham.

A seven-year 4-H member, Graham has completed projects on citizenship, communication, beef, food and nutrition, and photography. She has served as secretary, photographer and historian within her 4-H club. Graham has participated in her county 4-H council and Citizenship-Washington Focus.

“4-H has given me various unique opportunities to learn and has prepared me to share my knowledge with others,” said Graham. “My involvement in my 4-H club has helped me understand my community’s strengths and areas of need.”

[PHOTO] Catelyn Graham

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