2013 4-H State Project Award Winners: Shelby, Story, Van Buren and Washington Counties

  • Shelby County 4-H’er Chandler Mores, Harlan, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Mores, 17, is the daughter of Alan Mores and Donna Christensen-Mores.

An eight-year 4-H member, Mores has completed projects on leadership, citizenship, home improvement, visual art and food and nutrition. She has served as president, secretary and reporter of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council as president.

“My 4-H project experiences have taught me to set goals and strive to achieve them,” said Mores.

[PHOTO] Chandler Mores

  • Story County 4-H’er David Runneals, Nevada, received a state 4-H leadership photography project. Runneals, 18, is the son of Dan and Jane Runneals.

An eight-year 4-H member, Runneals has completed projects on leadership, photography, computers, robotics and geospatial technology. He has served as president, co-captain and media coordinator of his 4-H club. Runneals has participated in his county 4-H council, county youth committee, the Iowa and national 4-H Technology Team, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, National 4-H Conference and state 4-H council.

“4-H has influenced my life in every aspect, including career paths,” said Runneals.

  • Van Buren County 4-H’er Grace Westercamp, Farmington, received a state 4-H rabbits project award. Westercamp, 15, is the daughter of Steve and Christine Westercamp.

A six-year 4-H member, Westercamp has completed projects on rabbits, communication, photography, swine and visual art. She has served as president, secretary and historian of her 4-H club. Westercamp has participated in her county 4-H council.

“I’ve developed leadership and teamwork skills that will be immensely beneficial when I go to college and begin looking for a job,” said Westercamp.

[PHOTO] Grace Westercamp

  • Washington County 4-H’er Madeline Hora, Ainsworth, received a state 4-H music project award. Hora, 17, is the daughter of Brian and Theresa Hora.

An eight-year 4-H member, Hora has completed projects on music, home improvement, and food and nutrition. She has served as president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and state 4-H council.

“4-H has made me become a great leader,” said Hora. “It has taught me to achieve my goals, be a great team-worker and how to speak up.”

[PHOTO] Madeline Hora

  • Washington County 4-H’er Mitchell Hora, Ainsworth, received a state 4-H communication project award. Hora, 18, is the son of Brian and Theresa Hora.

A nine-year 4-H member, Hora has completed projects on communication, citizenship, swine, home improvement and leadership. He has served as president, reporter and historian of his 4-H club. Hora has participated in his county 4-H council.

“4-H has taught me how to be a better communicator, leader and contributing member of society,” said Hora.

[PHOTO] Mitchell Hora

  • Washington County 4-H’er Lexi Marek, Riverside, received a state 4-H environment and sustainability project award. Marek, 18, is the daughter of Tim and Heather Marek.

 A nine-year 4-H member, Marek has completed projects on swine, beef, leadership, livestock judging and home economics. She has served president of her 4-H club. Marek has participated in her county 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and the National 4-H Congress.

“4-H has developed my passion for agriculture, and I plan on being involved the rest of my life,” said Marek.

[PHOTO] Lexi Marek

  • Washington County 4-H’er Shelly Palmer, Keota, received a state 4-H horticulture project award. Palmer, 18, is the daughter of James and Donna Palmer.

A nine-year 4-H member, Palmer has completed projects on gardening, rabbits, home improvement, food and nutrition, and horticulture. She has served as president and treasurer of her 4-H club. Palmer has participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has helped me learn more about the three most important keys; communication, leadership and citizenship,” said Palmer.

[PHOTO] Shelly Palmer

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