AMES, Iowa – Kilee Kralik of Union County received a state 4-H leadership project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Kralik, 19, is the daughter of Jeff and Marcia Kralick of Creston.
During her nine years in 4-H, Kralik has served as a county 4-H council and county youth committee member and held multiple club offices including vice president, secretary and historian. She also has helped actively recruit participants for the clothing style show each summer. Because of her involvement and achievements, she received a $1,000 4-H Leadership/Citizenship Scholarship and the outstanding leadership award at the local level.
“A big accomplishment for me is seeing myself grow in this area,” she said. “It is rewarding to see many participants in the style show each summer instead of just a few like before, and the countless leadership skills I have learned from this will help me go far in the future.”
In addition to taking on leadership roles, Kralik has been involved in the food and nutrition, citizenship and consumer management project areas while receiving the outstanding clothing participant and senior achievement awards at the local level. She also has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, I was never able to participate in sports. 4-H filled that void for me, as I actively participated in any way possible,” she said. “4-H has helped me gain many valuable life skills such as responsibility and mentoring skills.”
Kralik is currently a freshman majoring in elementary education at Southwestern Community College.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Union 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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