AMES, Iowa – Elizabeth Johnson of Hamilton County received a state 4-H poultry project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Johnson, 18, is the daughter of Jamie and Janis Johnson of Stratford.
During her seven years in 4-H, Johnson has completed several major projects including poultry, rabbits, leadership, communication and citizenship. She has received many state 4-H awards including state leadership and rabbit project awards, poultry showmanship champion and rabbit showmanship champion. Along with these, Johnson received many top awards at the county level such as the Danforth Leadership Award and awards in communication, leadership, citizenship and agriculture. She also has been the president, vice president, historian, treasurer, secretary and reporter of her 4-H club. Johnson has served on her county and state 4-H councils and participated in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has sharpened my communication skills so much that I now enjoy public speaking and teaching in front of crowds,” said Johnson. “Perhaps the most valuable things I have received through 4-H were the opportunities to lead and serve others. 4-H has taught me to lead, to share my talents and gifts with others, to do my best and to make my best better.”
Johnson is a freshman at Liberty University.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Hamilton 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.