AMES, Iowa -- Charissa Frideres of Boone County received a state 4-H communication project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment. Frideres, 18, is the daughter of Dwight and Judy Frideres of Madrid.
During her eight years of 4-H involvement, Frideres has completed several major projects including communication, leadership, home improvement, citizenship and cat. She has served her local 4-H club as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, historian, junior leader and flag keeper. Frideres has served on her County 4-H Council. She received three awards for excellence in communications, was awarded Outstanding Intermediate Award of Achievement and Merit and won Grand Champion at her county's cat show. Frideres was also nominated by the 4-H Foundation for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award in 2005.
"One of the most important things 4-H has taught me is how to set goals and to evaluate myself against those goals," said Frideres. I learned that it was not only important to strive toward goals, but to also reset or change goals as I worked toward them. The singular most important skill I have learned is public speaking. I believe my communication skills will be very helpful in my future goal to become a lawyer."
Frideres is a freshman at Iowa Central College in Fort Dodge.
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