4-H'ers from Franklin, Fremont, Harrison and Humboldt 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.

  • Franklin County 4-H’er Ruth Kazmerzak, Hampton,received a state 4-H photography project award. Kazmerzak, 17, is the daughter of Tom Kazmerzak and April Hemmes.

A nine-year 4-H member, Kazmerzak has completed projects on photography, beef and agronomy. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club.

She participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

  • Fremont County 4-H’er William Dyke, Sidney, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Dyke, 18, is the son of Dean and Sue Dyke.

An eight-year 4-H member, Dyke has completed projects on communication, food and nutrition, photography, leadership and citizenship. He has served as president and historian of his 4-H club. He participated in his county and area 4-H councils, National 4-H Congress, the Iowa 4-H technology team and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has been pivotal to my growth as a leader, citizen and communicator,” Dyke said.

  • Harrison County 4-H’er Robert Prucha, Missouri Valley, received a state 4-H aerospace project award. Prucha, 16, is the son of Rob and Anne Prucha.

A nine-year 4-H member, Prucha has completed projects on aerospace, visual arts, woodworking, welding and horticulture. He has served as president and vice president of his 4-H club. He participated in his county and area 4-H councils, National 4-H Conference and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“I have been involved in 4-H since third grade,” Prucha said. “I have learned goal setting skills and problem solving as I worked on my projects each year.”

  • Humboldt County 4-H’er Sarah Rasmussen, Goldfield, received a state 4-H clothing and textiles project award. Rasmussen, 17, is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Rasmussen.

An eight-year 4-H member, Rasmussen has completed projects on visual arts, clothing and textiles, photography, sheep and citizenship. She has served as vice president, treasurer and historian of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council, the Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me to understand how to be a good leader, goal setter, communicator and citizen,” said Rasmussen.

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