AMES, Iowa – Ashley Bonney of Buchanan County received a state 4-H animal science project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Bonney, 18, is the daughter of Linda Bonney of Oelwien.
During her seven years in 4-H, Bonney has completed several major projects including animal science, leadership, horticulture, small animals and music. She has received many state honors including the Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship, animal science records advancing to nationals and first place in horticulture vegetables. Along with these, Bonney received many top awards at the county-level such as the Archie Hoeck Memorial Award, Outstanding Small Animal and Outstanding Science, Mechanics and Arts. She also has been the president, historian and secretary of her 4-H club. In addition, she has served on her county 4-H council and youth committee.
“Without the help and support of some amazing 4-H leaders and volunteers I might not have taken advantage of the opportunities that 4-H made available to me,” said Bonney. “They helped me discover who I am and what I want to be. The various animal science, leadership and animal projects I have done in 4-H have influenced me to decide to become a veterinarian.”
Bonney is a freshman at Iowa State University.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Buchanan County office of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension. 4-H in Iowa is administered through the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.