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Clayton County 4-H’er Earns Dog Project Award

Amy Doeppke


AMES, Iowa – Amy Doeppke of Clayton County received a state 4-H dog project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Doeppke, 17, is the daughter of Brian and Julie Doeppke of Elkader.


During her three years in 4-H, Doeppke has spent time reading books on dogs, attending grooming classes and serving as a member of the local dog committee while helping newcomers with their questions in the project area. She cites research and experience as some of the best things she has gained from it.


“I am proud that I took my research and was able to train a dog,” she said. “I also hope to take what I have learned and use it in my future plans to study animal science.”


A junior at Central Community High School, Elkader, Doeppke  also has been involved in the clothing, beef and photography project areas and has received a senior record book award and a seal of excellence for a working exhibit at the state fair. She has served as club president, been a member of her county 4-H council and attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus.


“4-H has helped me to grow in citizenship, communications and leadership. I believe these skills have given me confidence and made me a more outgoing person,” she said. “4-H has also influenced my life by teaching me life skills that will help me now and in my future plans.”


For more information about 4-H, contact the Clayton 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.



Contacts :

Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu

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


Photo of Amy Doeppke