AMES, Iowa – Grant Bargfrede of Polk 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. Bargfrede, 17, is the son of Craig and Diane Bargfrede of Ankeny.
During his nine years in 4-H, Bargfrede has served as club president and vice president, a county, area and state 4-H council member, and a youth trustee on the Iowa 4-H Foundation. He is most proud of how he’s taken 4-H beyond the club level, which has taught him both the challenges and rewards of being a leader.
“I have learned that being a leader is a big responsibility and a lot of hard work,” he said. “While the idea of being a good leader gives one the feeling of importance, you cannot expect others to cooperate in accomplishing the goal or mission unless you are willing to roll up your sleeves and get your own hands dirty. A good leader will not ask someone to do anything that they themselves would not do.”
Bargfrede also has been involved in the personal development, swine, photography and citizenship project areas where he has received numerous awards at the local level. A senior at Ankeny High School, he has been recognized as a Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student award recipient.
“4-H has instilled in me citizenship and the value of hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance when it comes to completing a job or project,” he said. “I would not be where I am today, though, without the help of many adult mentors who have supported and encouraged me along the way.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Polk 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, email@example.com