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Jackson County 4-H'er Receives Iowa State Fair Scholarship

8/8/2008

AMES, Iowa – A $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to a Jackson County 4-H member.  Amber Heinrich, Maquoketa, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement.

Heinrich, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Joe and Shelley Heinrich.  She has been involved in the State Fair Share the Fun, received five Seals of Excellence for Presentations and a Seal of Merit.  She also served as president, treasurer and historian of her 4-H club.  She participated in the county 4-H council.

“4-H has helped me to become a better person.  It has shown me how to give back to the community and has taught me life skills that are timeless,” Heinrich said.  “From doing presentations and showing cattle, to working on many indoor projects, 4-H has taught me to set goals and work hard to achieve them.  I can prioritize when the list of things to do gets long, organize to make things run smoothly, follow through on my commitments and persevere through the tough times. 4-H has played a major role in my life the last nine years and I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.”

A recent graduate of Maquoketa High School, Heinrich plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in animal science/ pre-veterinary medicine.

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.

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Contacts :

Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu

David Neff, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, dneff@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu