4-H’ers from Shelby, Washington, Webster and Woodbury 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.

  • Shelby County 4-H’er Jackson Mores, Harlan, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Mores, 18, is the son of Alan Mores and Donna Christensen-Mores.

A nine-year 4-H member, Mores has completed projects on leadership, citizenship, entomology, photography and food and nutrition. He has served as vice president and reporter of his 4-H club. He participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Through 4-H I have gained confidence in speaking before others,” said Mores. “I have learned important life skills through project and exhibit competition.”

[PHOTO] Jackson Mores

  • Washington County 4-H’er Shelly Palmer, Keota, received a state 4-H rabbit project award. Palmer, 17, is the daughter of James and Donna Palmer.

An eight-year 4-H member, Palmer has completed projects on rabbit, gardening, food and nutrition, home improvement and horticulture. She has served as president and treasurer of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council.

“I joined 4-H in fourth grade,” said Palmer. “When I found out I had to give a presentation, I became very scared because I wasn’t used to speaking in front of crowds. It was fine. 4-H has helped me come out of my comfort zone.”

[PHOTO] Shelly Palmer

  • Webster County 4-H’er Rebecca Nellis, Fort Dodge, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Nellis, 15, is the daughter of Jeff and Ruth Nellis.

A seven-year 4-H member, Nellis has completed projects on food and nutrition, communication, leadership, citizenship and clothing. She has served as vice president, secretary and recreation leader of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Although I do not definitely know what my career will be, my experiences in 4-H have pointed me in the direction of attending Iowa State University,” Nellis said.

  • Woodbury County 4-H’er Natalie Lord, Sioux City, received a state 4-H leadership project award. Lord, 17, is the daughter of Ed and Eileen Lord.

An eight-year 4-H member, Lord has completed projects on leadership, communications, citizenship, photography and food and nutrition. She has served as president, secretary and historian of her 4-H club. She participated in her county and state 4-H councils, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has been a very influential and worthwhile experience for me,” said Lord. “From the start I have been encouraged to take part in leadership, citizenship and communication projects.”

  • Woodbury 4-H’er Amy Widman, Sergeant Bluff, received a state 4-H communication project award. Widman, 18, is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Widman.

A six-year 4-H member, Widman has completed projects on communication, beef breeding, sewing, visual arts and poultry. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She participated in her county 4-H council and county youth committee.

“In my six years as a 4-H member, I have tried new things, learned and grown,” Widman said.

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