AMES, Iowa – Kelsie Cass of Adair County received a state 4-H citizenship project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Cass, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Tammie Cass of Fontanelle.
During her nine years in 4-H, Cass has served as a National 4-H Congress delegate and given back to her community through several service projects. She has taught middle school students the importance of being an active citizen and helped impoverished women learn how to cook for their families and utilize community resources.
“I am most proud of helping others to understand the importance of being a good citizen and giving back to their community,” she said. “I have also learned how to motivate people to get involved and look for the positive in every situation.”
In addition to citizenship, Cass has been involved in the leadership, food and nutrition, sheep and clothing project areas and won the outstanding senior and Golden Apple awards at the local level. A county, area and state 4-H council member, she has served as club president and vice president, on her county youth committee and as a youth representative trustee on the Iowa 4-H Foundation. She also has attended the National 4-H Conference and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has helped me find my passions and learn more about myself as a person,” Cass said. “Through it, I discovered that I really love to work with kids and now want to become a teacher.”
Cass is currently a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Adair 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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