AMES, Iowa – Kevin Berkland of Osceola County received a state 4-H entomology project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Berkland, 16, is the son of Drs. Daniel and Loretta Berkland of Sibley.
During his seven years in 4-H, Berkland has been a multiple blue-ribbon winner at the state level in the entomology project area. He also is the Osceola County Mohr Memorial Award recipient in agriculture and natural resources and has created PowerPoint presentations, posters and booklets in the “Berkland Honeybee Series.” He credits research and 4-H for his success.
“I earned these awards by digging deep into the study of honey bees and by applying my leadership, citizenship, communications and record-keeping skills to share this knowledge with others,” he said. “I have learned how to apply my research to the successful outcomes of 4-H, and I can take this discipline with me anywhere in life.”
Berkland also has been involved in the leadership, citizenship, food and nutrition, horse and communication project areas where he has received multiple blue ribbons at the state fair. He has been awarded scholarships for the Iowa 4-H Animal Science Roundup in both beef and swine and has been named a State of Iowa Promise Grant Recipient while serving as club president and a member of his county and area 4-H councils and county youth committee. In the future he plans to continue developing his skills and increasing his bee project.
“The opportunities I have experienced in 4-H have helped me become a leader, be active in my community and sharpen my communication skills, all very necessary for success in life. I plan to put these skills to use as I finish high school and begin my college education,” he said. “I also hope to expand my honey bee operation to include a variety of bee genetics so that my honey production continues to grow.”
Berkland is currently a junior at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Osceola 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