AMES, Iowa -- Jessica Slavik of Crawford County received a state 4-H communication project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment. Slavik, 18, is the daughter of Doyle and Rhonda Slavik of Schleswig.
During her nine years of 4-H involvement, Slavik has completed several major projects including citizenship, communication, rabbit, photography and food and nutrition. She has served her local 4-H club as president, secretary, reporter and historian. Slavik has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference/Animal Science Roundup in Ames, Iowa and was a member of the Iowa State Fair Camera Corps. She has served on both her County and Area 4-H Councils. Slavik has received state 4-H project awards in rabbit and citizenship and has received her county's senior awards in leadership, citizenship, agriculture and achievement. She has also received her county's "I Dare You" award and the Outstanding Senior award. Slavik was awarded the Juergens 4-H Scholarship, the Iowa State Fair Rabbit Showmanship award and a seal of excellence on her educational presentation at the Iowa State Fair.
"4-H is a character-building program that assists youth in becoming better, more responsible adults," said Slavik. "With the support of my family, I discovered that details and information are important keys to finding how to make a project successful. The development of leadership, citizenship, and communication skills will serve me long after any project has come to an end. Experiences in 4-H have had an enormous and very positive influence in creating the person I am today. I have had the privilege of exhibiting at the Iowa State Fair for the past eight years. Each year I am amazed at the efforts of 4-Hers throughout Iowa. As a part of 4-H, youth have the chance to learn about any field or topic they wish. Without 4-H, I would not have been steered so straightly or surely along the career path I have chosen. I believe it is important to become a good role model for the youth of tomorrow."
Slavik is a freshman at Iowa State University.
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