2013 4-H State Project Award Winners: Sac County

  • Sac County 4-H’er Damon Cook, Wall Lake, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Cook is 16, and his parents are the late Mark Cook, and Cathy Cook and Rick Vetter.

An eight-year 4-H member, Cook has completed projects on citizenship, leadership, rabbits, woodworking, and welding. He has served as vice president, secretary and treasurer within his 4-H club. Cook has participated in his county 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and National 4-H Congress.

“Through 4-H, I have grown to be a leader and a team player,” said Cook. “In 4-H, I learned good work ethics and values.”

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

An eight-year 4-H member, Feilmeier has completed projects on citizenship, clothing, communication, leadership and photography. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. Feilmeier 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 taught me so much over the years,” said Feilmeier. “Through 4-H, I have not only made amazing friends, but I have also learned valuable communication and citizenship skills.”

  • Sac County 4-H’er Aubrey Houska, Sac City, received a state 4-H swine project award. Hauska, 16, is the daughter of Pete and Nancy Hauska.

An eight-year 4-H member, Houska has completed projects on swine, citizenship, leadership, food and nutrition, and clothing. She has served as president, vice president and recreational president of her 4-H club. Houska has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and served as Sac County 4-H Endowment Committee youth member.

“4-H will help with my future plans by knowing how to have an interview and help me become more confident,” said Houska.

[PHOTO] Aubrey Houska

  • Sac County 4-H’er Renae Drey, Early, received a state 4-H communication project award. Drey, 17, is the daughter of Dean and Deb Drey.

An eight-year 4-H member, Drey has completed projects on citizenship, leadership, communication, consumer management and food and nutrition. She has served as secretary and has been involved in public relations and the telephone committee of her 4-H club. Drey has participated in her county 4-H council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, state 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“4-H is an organization that has taught me how important it is to be involved in my community and I am committed to staying involved as I grow older,” said Drey.

[PHOTO] Renae Drey

  • Sac County 4-H’er Tyler Pickhinke, Early, received a state 4-H visual art project award. Pickhinke, 17, is the son of Steve and Tracy Pickhinke.

An eight-year 4-H member, Pickhinke has completed projects on communication, leadership, citizenship, beef and visual art. He has served as vice president, treasurer and reporter of his 4-H club. Pickhinke has participated in his county 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Technology Team, the Iowa 4-H Youth conference, state 4-H council, and National 4-H Congress.

“4-H has helped me get ready for life,” said Pickhinke. “It has allowed me to stay busy and see places most kids my age won’t be able to see.”

[PHOTO] Tyler Pickhinke

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