AMES, Iowa -- Elizabeth Johnson of Hamilton County received a state 4-H rabbit project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment. Johnson, 16, is the daughter of Jamie and Janis Johnson of Stratford.
During her six years of 4-H involvement, Johnson has completed several major projects including rabbit, leadership, citizenship, poultry and communication. She has served her local 4-H club as president, secretary, treasurer, reporter and historian. She is also a junior project leader for poultry, rabbit, horticulture and communication. Johnson has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference/Animal Science Roundup in Ames, Iowa and has served on her County and the Iowa State 4-H Councils. She has received county project awards in communication, rabbit, poultry and horticulture and is a three-year poultry showmanship champion. Johnson has received the Iowa State Fair Poultry Champion presentation and is a three-year Iowa State Fair communications exhibitor.
"When I moved to Iowa five years ago, I had never heard of 4-H," said Johnson. "I had never touched a chicken, or given a presentation. Since I have joined 4-H, I have learned how to paint a rabbit, make a stained glass window, give an extemporaneous speech, quilt, and yes, I've not only touched a chicken, but I show and raise them as well. Through 4-H, I've worked with people that have given their time to help me reach my goal. I've learned life skills that I will pass on to my children, and them on to theirs. 4-H has taught me to lead, to share my talents and gifts with others, to go the distance, to do my best, and to make the best better."
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