4-H’ers from Linn, Lucas, Madison, Mills, Monona and Polk 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.

  • Linn County 4-H’er Anna Tichy, Ely, received a state 4-H beef project award. Tichy, 17, is the daughter of Rich and Pam Tichy.

A five-year 4-H member, Tichy has completed projects on beef, poultry, cooking, woodworking and gardening. She has served as treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county, area and state 4-H councils.

“4-H has opened me up to many new activities, people and opportunities,” Tichy said.

  • Linn County 4-H’er Jennifer Zingula, Central City, received a state 4-H dog project award. Zingula, 18, is the daughter of Curt and Gayle Zingula.

Zingula has completed projects on dogs, goats, communication, woodworking and photography. She has served as president, treasurer and reporter of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council, her county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“This organization has made such a vast impact on my life that I can’t imagine myself without it, and I don’t want to either,” said Zingula. “The friendships I have made and life skills that I have acquired will stick with me for the rest of my life.”

[PHOTO] Jennifer Zingula

  • Lucas County 4-H’er Renae Beard, Chariton, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Beard, 18, is the daughter of Randy and Jackie Beard.

A nine-year 4-H member, Beard has completed projects on communication, clothing, swine, photography and leadership. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She participated in her county, area and state 4-H councils, her county youth committee, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“For as long as I can remember, 4-H has been part of my life,” said Beard. “I come from a long line of 4-H’ers, and I am proud to say that I most definitely bleed green.

  • Madison County 4-H’er Katriana Langholz, Cumming, received a state 4-H communication project award. Langholz, 16, is the daughter of Kelly and Becky Langholz.

A seven-year 4-H member, Langholz has completed projects on photography, music, food and nutrition, communication and visual arts. She has served as vice president, secretary and recorder 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 grow in leadership and communication,” Langholz said.

[PHOTO] Katriana Langholz

  • Mills County 4-H’er Meghan Gray, Glenwood, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Gray, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Colleen Gray.

An eight-year 4-H member, Gray has completed projects on leadership, citizenship, beekeeping, horses and dogs. She has served as president, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county, area and state 4-H councils and her county youth committee.

“4-H has taught me to set goals, plan how to reach them and also how to reflect on my outcome,” Gray said.

  • Monona County 4-H’er Megan Wimmer, Mapleton, received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award. Wimmer, 18, is the daughter of Dale and Brenda Wimmer.

A nine-year 4-H member, Wimmer has completed projects on dogs, food and nutrition, clothing, pets and communication. She has served as president, historian and reporter of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council.

“I would not be the person I am today if I would not have joined 4-H,” Wimmer said.

  • Polk County 4-H’er Michelle Temeyer, Polk City, received a state 4-H home improvement award. Temeyer, 17, is the daughter of Vance and Jan Temeyer.

An eight-year 4-H member, Temeyer has completed projects on citizenship, food and nutrition, home improvement, child development and clothing. She has served as treasurer, secretary and historian of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has influenced me in so many ways by giving me opportunities to develop many life skills,” said Temeyer. “Opportunities to give presentations at the club, county and state levels have helped me improve my communication skills and gain confidence.”

[PHOTO] Michelle Temeyer

  • Polk County 4-H’er Hannah Thayer, Urbandale, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Thayer, 18, is the daughter of David and Barb Thayer.

A nine-year 4-H member, Thayer has completed projects on food and nutrition, communication, clothing, photography, home improvement and leadership. She has served as president of her 4-H club. She participated in her county, area and state 4-H councils.

“4-H has helped me become more confident in myself,” said Thayer. “I am excited to take on new challenges now.”

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