Johnson County 4-H’ers Earn 2012 State 4-H Project Awards

6/28/12

AMES, Iowa -- The following Johnson County 4-H’ers have earned 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.

  • Conner Graves, Iowa City, received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award. Graves, 17, is the son of Joe and Leann Graves.

An eight-year 4-H member, Graves has completed projects on horticulture, food and nutrition, leadership, citizenship and photography. He has served as president, vice president and treasurer of his 4-H club. He participated in his county 4-H council, his county youth committee, national 4-H congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me gain confidence and develop leadership skills, as well as given me the opportunity to help others in many ways,” Graves said.

  • Rachel Haugland, Solon, received a state 4-H rabbit project award. Haugland, 15, is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland.

A six-year 4-H member, Haugland has completed projects on rabbit, dog, food and nutrition, photography and horticulture. She has served as vice president of her 4-H club. She participated in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has influenced me by giving me many different opportunities to realize my interests,” said Haugland. “It helped influence my future plans by helping me to realize my passion for cooking.”

[PHOTO] Rachel Haugland

  • Rebecca Haugland, Solon, received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award. Haugland, 17, is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland.

A nine-year 4-H member, Haugland has completed projects on rabbit, dog, food and nutrition, communication and home improvement. She has served as president and historian of her 4-H club. She participate in her county, area and state 4-H councils, National 4-H Congress, the Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped to influence me and my future plans in many ways,” said Haugland. “It has given me many new skills that I would not have gained otherwise.”

  • Natalie Kasper, Tiffin, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Kasper, 18, is the daughter of Teresa Kasper.

A nine-year 4-H member, Kasper has completed projects on clothing, visual arts, woodworking, goats and rabbits. She has served as secretary of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me set goals, explore and achieve in various areas,” Kasper said.

  •  Abigail Sparks, Iowa City, received a state 4-H communication project award. Sparks, 18, is the daughter of Walter and Amy Sparks.

A nine-year 4-H member, Sparks has completed projects on photography, communication, food and nutrition, personal development and rabbits. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She participated in her county and state 4-H councils, her county youth committee, the Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“My experiences in 4-H have helped me develop skills that have helped me find success in academics and other areas,” Sparks said.


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