AMES, Iowa – Rebecca Haugland of Johnson County received a state 4-H rabbit project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Haugland, 15, is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland of Solon.
During her seven years in 4-H, Haugland has learned how to set up her own breeding schedule for New Zealand rabbits so they reach the correct age for county fair. This has helped her to win multiple honors including the grand champion rabbit in 2005 and numerous meat pen and reserve championship awards. She also has helped many 4-H’ers get started on their own rabbit projects.
“Through doing something I love, raising rabbits, I have grown as a person. I have become a better communicator and have helped others learn about rabbits, with many coming to discover that they enjoy raising them,” she said. “I have also learned that dedication to a project can take you a long way. I am proud of my accomplishments in the rabbit project area and plan to continue growing in this area and many others.”
Beyond rabbits, Haugland has received blue ribbons for clothing and home improvement projects at the state level where she has also participated in Share the Fun and won certificates of excellence and merit for educational presentations. She has participated in the food and nutrition and dog project areas, served as president and leader’s assistant of her club and been a county 4-H council member.
“Because of 4-H’s influence, I have grown as a person, becoming less shy and interacting with people more,” the homeschooled sophomore said. “Through service projects at the club and county level, I have become an active member of my community. 4-H has also helped me prepare for my future by giving me the opportunity to explore areas that I am interested in.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Johnson 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