Adair County 4-H'ers Earn 2012 State 4-H Project Awards

6/28/12

AMES, Iowa -- The following Adair County 4-H’ers have earned 2012 state 4-H project awards. A state 4-H project award is the highest achievement 4-H’ers can receive in 4-H Youth Development project work through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Each student also received a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

  • Bradley Baudler, Fontanelle, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Baudler, 17, is the son of Clif and Sondra Baudler.

An eight-year 4-H member, Baudler has completed projects on leadership, food and nutrition, citizenship and communications. He has been president, vice president and treasurer of his 4-H club. He participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“When I first began in 4-H, I couldn’t talk in front of people,” said Baudler. “But through many projects, I have grown into a person who gives speeches to all groups of people.”

  • McKenna Davenport, Adair, received a state 4-H photography project award. Davenport, 16, is the daughter of Derek and Beth Davenport.

A nine-year 4-H member, Davenport has completed projects on photography, child development, food and nutrition, home improvement and leadership. She has been historian, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has influenced me to be more of an outgoing person,” Davenport said.

[PHOTO] McKenna Davenport

  • Chisum Downing, Creston, received a state 4-H beef project award. Downing, 17, is the son of Steve and Karen Downing.

An eight-year 4-H member, Downing has completed projects on food and nutrition, beef, citizenship and leadership. He has served as vice president, treasurer and project leader of his 4-H club. He participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me with leadership, communication, organization, and community service and it has helped me meet many new people and make many friends,” Downing said.

  • Kysa Downing, Creston, received a state 4-H beef project award. Downing, 17, is the daughter of Steve and Karen Downing.

An eight-year 4-H member, Downing has completed projects on home improvement, beef, sewing, swine and leadership. She has served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“I have gained leadership and responsibility skills throughout my years as an active 4-H member,” Downing said.

[PHOTO] Kysa Downing

  • Savannah Ruby, Greenfield, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Ruby, 18, is the daughter of Mark and Angela Ruby.

A nine-year 4-H member, Ruby has completed projects on horses, cattle, dogs, hogs and citizenship. She has served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county, area and state 4-H councils, her county youth committee, National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Over the past nine years, I have broken out of my shell through 4-H,” said Ruby. “I am now able to stand up and speak my mind.”

-30-