AMES, Iowa – Kristine Gleason of Johnson County received a state 4-H communication project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Gleason, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Renee Gleason of Solon.
During her nine years in 4-H, Gleason has completed several major projects including communication, photography, swine, home improvement and ducks. She has received many state 4-H awards including state citizenship and leadership project awards and the Seal of Excellence for an educational presentation at the State Fair. Along with these, Gleason received many top awards at the county level such as county fair princess, county pork queen, the Sam Miller scholarship and an award in leadership. She also has been the president, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club. Gleason has served on her county 4-H council and has participated in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and National 4-H Congress.
“4-H has influenced my life in many ways,” said Gleason. “Not only have I learned great life skills, but I’ve also made some great lifelong friends. 4-H helped me decide to attend ISU and major in agricultural engineering through the various experiences I’ve had in different 4-H activities.”
Gleason is a freshman at Iowa State University.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Johnson 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.