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Grundy County 4-H'er Earns Communication Project Award


AMES, Iowa -- Val Whipps of Grundy County received a state 4-H communication project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment. Whipps, 18, is the daughter of Wayne and Janine Whipps of Dike.


During her nine years of 4-H involvement, Whipps has completed several major projects including communication, swine, home improvement, food and nutrition and child development. She has served her local 4-H club as president, secretary and treasurer. Whipps 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 and Area 4-H Councils and her County Youth Committee.  Whipps has received the "I Dare You" award, her county awards in citizenship and leadership and was the Grundy County Fair Queen.  She won the Grand Champion Market Hog, Champion Purebred Hog and the judge's choice for her health project at the Iowa State Fair. 


"4-H has been a big part of my life through these past nine years," said Whipps.  "Through my many projects, I have learned a lot of valuable things. Through my communication projects, I believe I am a more effective communicator both one on one or in large groups of people. By raising and showing livestock, I have learned a lot about the value of agriculture along with responsibility and ethics. 4-H has given me so much throughout my life and what I've learned from it I will hold on to for the rest of my life."


Whipps 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.




Contacts :

Brenda Allen, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu