AMES, Iowa -- Rita Cook of Hardin County received a state 4-H horse project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment. Cook, 17, is the daughter of Jeff and Valerie Cook of Hubbard.
During her eight years of 4-H involvement, Cook has completed several major projects including horse, market beef, dog, home improvement and visual arts. She has served her local 4-H club as vice president, secretary and reporter. Cook has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference/Animal Science Roundup in Ames, Iowa and the Citizenship Washington Focus trip to Washington D.C. She has served on her County 4-H Council and has received her county's project awards in horse, beef, dog and visual arts. Cook also received the 2004 Champion Performance Horse at the Hardin County Fair.
"4-H has been a life-changing experience for me," said Cook. "I have gained leadership, citizenship, group management and interviewing skills that will not only help me in the future, but are already aiding my day to day activities. 4-H has shaped my past and is helping shape my future. 4-H has given me multiple opportunities to succeed and without it, I know I would not be where I am today."
Cook is a senior at Radcliffe-Hubbard Community Schools.
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