2013 4-H State Project Award Winners: Webster, Woodbury and Worth Counties

  • Webster County 4-H’er Rebecca Nellis, Fort Dodge, received a state 4-H clothing project award. Nellis, 16, is the daughter of Jeff and Ruth Nellis.

An eight-year 4-H member, Nellis has completed projects in communication, leadership, citizenship, clothing, and food and nutrition. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. Nellis has participated in her county 4-H council, county youth committee, Citizenship-Washington Focus, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, state 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“4-H has given me the chance to hold countless leadership positions, not just in my county, but also statewide through 4-H council and nationally through national congress,” said Nellis.

  • Woodbury County 4-H’er Emily Widman, Sergeant Bluff, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Widman, 17, is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Widman.

A seven-year 4-H member, Widman has completed projects on leadership, music, shooting sports, poultry and horticulture. She has served as 4-H recognition team president, club vice president and secretary. Widman has participated in her county 4-H council and county youth committee.

“Being a leader in 4-H has changed my future by changing me,” said Widman. “Acquiring experience in interviews, leading meetings, writing resumes, doing projects and helping people lets my future excel.”

[PHOTO] Emily Widman

  • Worth County 4-H’er Angela Benjegerdes, Mason City, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Benjegerdes, 17, is the daughter of Karl and Tina Benjegerdes.

A nine-year 4-H member, Benjegerdes has completed projects on communication, swine, clothing, food and nutrition, and citizenship. She has held the vice president and reporter positions in her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, state 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“4-H has helped me become a better communicator, leader and citizen,” Benjegerdes said.

[PHOTO] Angela Benjegerdes

  • Worth County 4-H’er Vivian Benjegerdes, Mason City, received a state 4-H swine project award. Benjegerdes, 14, is the daughter of Karl and Tina Benjegerdes.

A six-year 4-H member, Benjegerdes has completed projects on swine, clothing, food and nutrition, communication and citizenship. She has been a reporter and secretary for her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H Council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and area 4-H council.

“4-H has influenced my life by making me more confident in my communication skills and giving me awesome opportunities to experience great things and meet new people,” Benjegerdes said.

[PHOTO] Vivian Benjegerdes

  • Worth County 4-H’er Jayde Hapgood, Kensett, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Hapgood is 17, and her parents are Paul and Lisa Hapgood.

An eight-year 4-H member, Hapgood has completed projects on citizenship, communication, dairy, leadership and home improvement. She has served as secretary and vice president in her 4-H club. Hapgood has participated in her county 4-H council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and the National 4-H Conference.

“4-H has helped me become a better person by helping me to expand upon my leadership, communication, and citizenship skills,” said Hapgood.

[PHOTO] Jayde Hapgood

  • Worth County 4-H’er Lisa Irons, Northwood, received a state 4-H beef project award. Irons, 18, is the daughter of David and Patricia Irons.

A nine-year member of 4-H, Irons has completed projects on beef, clothing, photography, home improvement and food and nutrition. She has served as reporter, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. Irons has participated in her county 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, state 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“If it weren’t for 4-H, I wouldn’t have gotten as into cattle and agriculture as I am,” said Irons.

  • Worth County 4-H’er Brett Olson, Kensett, received a state 4-H science, engineering and technology project award. Olson, 18, is the son of Richard and Pam Olson.

A nine-year member of 4-H, Olson has completed projects on photography, computers, leadership, woodworking, and science and technology. He has served as president, historian and reporter for his 4-H club. Olson has participated in his county 4-H council, county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Technology Team.

“By being on the Iowa 4-H Tech Team for the last four years, I have learned so much and decided to choose my career path as audio, video and television editor,” said Olson.

  • Worth County 4-H’er Amy Prestholt, Manly, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Prestholt, 18, is the daughter of Linda and Dave Prestholt.

A nine-year member of 4-H, Prestholt has completed projects on leadership, communication, horses, dogs and photography. She has served as president, vice president, secretary and reporter. Prestholt has participated in her county 4-H council, county youth council, area 4-H council, national 4-H conference, state 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“4-H has allowed me to realize and reach my potential,” said Prestholt. “It has helped me see my future as an endless array of possibilities.”

  • Worth County 4-H’er Aaron Prestholt, Manly, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Prestholt, 16, is the son of Linda and Dave Prestholt.

A seven-year member of 4-H, Prestholt has completed projects on sheep, beef, livestock judging, communication and citizenship. Prestholt has participated in his county 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

“4-H has given me so many learning opportunities, and I can’t wait to see where those skills take me,” said Prestholt.

  • Worth County 4-H’er Tanna Quisley, Northwood, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Quisley, 15, is the daughter of David and Christine Quisley.

A six-year member, Quisley has completed projects on citizenship, beef, fashion review and home improvement. She has participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has helped me continue to strive to do the best I can in every situation,” said Quisley. “Through 4-H, I have discovered how rewarding it is to help others, the way people have helped me.”

[PHOTO] Tanna Quisley

  • Worth County 4-H’er Katherine Schiltz, Glenville, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Schiltz, 15, is the daughter of Leon and Polly Schiltz.

A six-year member of 4-H, Katherine has completed projects on citizenship, photography and visual art. She has served as club photographer for her 4-H club. Schiltz has participated in her county 4-H council, as well as Citizenship-Washington Focus.

“4-H has reinforced my beliefs in giving back to others and being an active citizen in my community,” said Schiltz.

[PHOTO] Katherine Shiltz

  • Worth County 4-H’er Gage Tenold, Northwood, received a state 4-H communication project award. Tenold, 17, is the son of Russ and Renate Tenold.

An eight-year 4-H member, Tenold has completed projects in communication, photography, woodworking, visual art, and environment and sustainability. He served as secretary for his 4-H club and has participated in his county 4-H council.

“4-H has given me a lot experience over the years,” said Tenold. “I’ve grown up as a person and learned to interact with others, and not to be afraid to go out and give it your all.”

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