AMES, Iowa -- Marla Claussen of Scott County received a state 4-H photography project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment. Claussen, 17, is the daughter of Dale and Kathy Claussen of Bettendorf.
During her eight years of 4-H involvement, Claussen has completed several major projects including swine, beef, clothing, communications and photography. She has served her local 4-H club as president, vice president, secretary, reporter, photographer and historian. Claussen has served on her County and the Iowa State 4-H Councils. She has also attended as a delegate to the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference/Animal Science Roundup in Ames, Iowa. Claussen has received her county's photography, clothing, swine and communications awards. She has also participated in Operation: Military Kids and the Iowa State Fair Camera Corps in 2004 and 2005.
"Over the past eight years, 4-H has shaped my life by teaching me leadership, citizenship, communication and several other life skills," said Claussen. "It has taught me to be proud of who I am, where I'm from and what I've accomplished. 4-H has made a huge difference in my life and holds a huge spot in my heart."
Claussen is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School.
For more information on how to get involved in 4-H contact your county's Iowa State University Extension office.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org