AMES, Iowa – Two Palo Alto County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships. Karen Naig, Cylinder, has received the $500 Career 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Shirley A. Stakey., and Kara Strand, Cylinder, has received the $500 Phyllis J. Olson 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Phyllis J. Olson Scholarship Fund through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
Naig, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Bert and Julian Naig. She has participated most actively in the project areas of clothing, food and nutrition and clothing selection/fashion revue. She has received awards for consumer and family science projects, including the Top Clothing Award and Top Food and Nutrition Award. She served as president, vice-president and treasurer of her 4-H club. She was also a member of the county 4-H council, area 4-H council and state 4-H council. She attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth conference.
“4-H has shown me where my strengths are and has helped me choose a future in family and consumer sciences education,” Naig said. “Through my work in a variety of project areas, I have gained many life skills that I will be able to pass on to my future students. If it were not for the communication and leadership skills that I learned in 4-H, I would not have the confidence to stand in front of a classroom full of students and teach”
Naig is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in family and consumer science education and studies. She is a member of the College of Human Sciences Council, Phi Upsilon Omnicron Honors Society, VEISHEA Committee, and the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Club.
Strand, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Jerry and Kathryn Strand. She has been involved in home improvement, clothing, personal development and communications. She received awards for communication, clothing selection and leadership. She served as president, secretary and reporter for her local 4-H club. She was also a member of the county 4-H council and area 4-H council. She attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“Guiding leaders in the community have influenced me through 4-H, by helping me achieve critical values such as responsibility, leadership, creativity and communication skills,” Strand said. “4-H has been a tremendous asset to my life. I feel that 4-H has led me in my career path because of the interest and knowledge I gained about nutrition at a young age.”
Strand is a junior at Iowa State University and is majoring in dietetics. She is involved with the Nutrition Club, Student Dietetic Association, Dance Marathon, ISU intramurals, Meals on Wheels and Relay for Life. She also volunteers for food drives, National Nutrition Month, and Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
In Iowa, the 4-H program is a part of Iowa State University Extension and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved or how to apply for a 4-H scholarship, contact the local county office of ISU Extension.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org