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Lee County 4-H Member Receives Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship

5/10/2005

AMES, Iowa -- A $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Lee County 4-H member. Jesse Dodds, Montrose, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement.

 

Dodds, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Robert and Mary Dodds. He has served as treasurer, reporter and photographer of his 4-H club. Dodds has participated most actively in the crops, food and nutrition, swine, sheep, horticulture and safety project areas. He served on his county 4-H council and was a member of the Iowa State Fair 4-H sheep show staff. Dodds has received state sheep showmanship awards and was a presenter at the Southeast Iowa 4-H Livestock Project Day.

 

"A strength of the 4-H program is that is allows the freedom to experience many different types of projects, while at the same time giving members an opportunity to select one or two special interest areas and develop those skills into unique experiences," Dodds said. "I believe my participation at an early age in 4-H helped me learn important qualities of work and study in being a student, as well as giving me the ability to achieve in academics and school-related projects."

 

Dodds is a senior at Central Lee Community High School where he is president of the senior class and the science club. He received a SARE grant to study earworms in sweet corn and will take a science project to the Intel International Science Fair. Dodds plans to attend Iowa State University to study agricultural engineering.

 

For more information about 4-H, contact the Iowa State University Extension office in your county.

 

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Contacts :

Mitchell Hoyer, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu

Tracy S. Petersen, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9915