4-H'ers from Black Hawk, Boone, Calhoun and Fayette Counties Earn 2012 State 4-H Project Awards

6/28/12

AMES, Iowa -- The following 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.

  • Black Hawk County 4-H’er Kayla Wiley, Denver, received a state 4-H communication project award. Wiley, 17, is the daughter of Nick and Lori Wiley.

An eight-year 4-H member, Wiley has completed projects on communication, food and nutrition, clothing, home improvement and photography. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She participated in her county and area 4-H Councils, her county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has had an influence on my communication skills by building my confidence as a public speaker,” said Wiley. “Having the ability to speak with confidence has helped develop my leadership and citizenship opportunities as well, and I have used these skills as a 4-H club officer, county council member and as a class officer and student council member at school.”

[PHOTO] Kayla Wiley

  • Boone County 4-H’er Kenton Reece, Boone, received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award. Reece, 16, is the son of Tim and Robyn Reece.

A seven-year 4-H member, Reece has completed projects on food and nutrition, clothing, woodworking, citizenship and leadership. He has served as president, vice president and historian of his 4-H club. He participated in his county 4-H council, the Citizenship-Washington Focus, the 4-H exchange program and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“I have gained many skills through 4-H,” said Reece. “First, I have gained many social skills, and met many people from all over the world, some who will be lifelong friends.”

[PHOTO] Kenton Reece

  • Boone County 4-H’er Emma Whalen, Pilot Mound, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Whalen, 14, is the daughter of Sean and Bonnie Whalen.

A six-year 4-H member, Whalen has completed projects on citizenship, communication, outdoor activities, rabbits and dogs. She has served as president, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has made my life better by teaching me how to identify opportunities to help others in my community,” Whalen said.

[PHOTO] Emma Whalen

  • Calhoun County 4-H’er Raeann Hanlon, Churdan, received a state 4-H child development project award. Hanlon, 15, is the daughter of Eugenia Hamilton.

A seven-year 4-H member, Hanlon has completed projects on child development, communication, sheep, leadership and sewing/clothing. She has served as president and historian of her 4-H club. She participated in her county and area 4-H councils and national 4-H congress.

“4-H has given me the skills and knowledge to set goals for myself and to take leadership roles in my club, community, school, county and state,” Hanlon said.

  • Fayette County 4-H’er Kathryn Appler, Clermont, received a state 4-H dairy project award. Appler, 17, is the daughter of Kent and Laura Appler.

An eight-year 4-H member, Appler has completed projects on leadership, food and nutrition, dairy, citizenship and photography. She has served as secretary, treasurer and reporter of her 4-H club. She participated in her county and state 4-H councils and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me become a well-rounded person,” Appler said.

[PHOTO] Kathryn Appler

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