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Dallas County 4-H’er Earns Food and Nutrition Project Award

Kara Dunbar


AMES, Iowa – Kara Dunbar of Dallas County received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Dunbar, 16, is the daughter of Tim and Teresa Dunbar of Cumming.


During her seven years in 4-H, Dunbar has learned how to bake, cook and use her culinary arts skills to help others. She has donated food to the Family Violence Center and created her own dishes, which have helped her develop personally and in the project area.


“I have really been able to grow in this project area and learn a lot about myself and food and nutrition,” she said. “I’ve developed a love for the culinary arts and visual arts through 4-H, and I think one of those areas will be what I pursue for my future career.”


In the visual arts, home improvement and sewing project areas Dunbar has received state fair blue ribbons, and she has also been involved in the communication and citizenship project areas. A Virgil Sanborn Award recipient at the local level, she has served as club vice president and attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has influenced me as a person by giving me the opportunity to express my interests in ways that I otherwise would not have considered. It has also opened my eyes to helping people in my community by using what I’m good at,” Dunbar said.

She is currently a junior at Dowling Catholic High School.

For more information about 4-H, contact the Dallas 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 Kara Dunbar