Hardin County 4-H'er Earns Sheep Project Award
AMES, Iowa -- Casey Balvanz of Hardin County received a state 4-H sheep project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Balvanz, 18, is the daughter of Chuck and Carol Balvanz of Hubbard.
During her nine years of 4-H involvement, Balvanz has completed several major projects including sheep, horse, beef, home improvement and citizenship. She has served her local 4-H club as president, vice president, secretary and reporter. Balvanz has served on her County 4-H Council and has received her county's citizenship, leadership and agriculture achievement awards. She has also received Premier Sheep Exhibitor, Outstanding Quilt Exhibit at the 2004 Iowa State Fair and Reserve Champion Pole Bending Horse awards.
"4-H has taught me that preparation is more valuable than luck in everything I do," Balvanz said. "It's not the ribbon, but the ride to the ribbon that's important."
Balvanz is a freshman at Simpson College in Indianola.
For more information on how to get involved in 4-H contact your county's Iowa State University Extension office.
Brenda Allen, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com