AMES, Iowa – Caitlin Andersen of Shelby County received a state 4-H leadership project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Andersen, 18, is the daughter of Bob and Toni Andersen of Kirkman.
During her 10 years in 4-H, Andersen served as club president and on her county, area and state 4-H councils. She also was a 2007 National 4-H Congress delegate and 2009 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference co-chair, the position she is most proud of.
“My most worthwhile accomplishments in the leadership area have been my work on the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 state council where I served as the 2009 conference co-chair,” she said. “From my experiences in 4-H leadership, I have learned the value of service, collaboration and that the smallest voice speaking for a common goal can make a true difference.”
Andersen also has been active in the citizenship, clothing, photography and visual arts project areas. A current freshman at the University of Iowa, she is majoring in chemical engineering, a choice for which she credits 4-H.
“Through 4-H I have learned the importance of service and giving back to the community. It has been this concept of service-based leadership, which has given me the desire to pursue a career in chemical engineering and become active in campus activities,” said Andersen.
She is currently involved in Women In Science and Engineering (WISE), the Society of Women Engineers and Phi Beta Chi sorority.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Shelby 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.
Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, email@example.com
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