AMES, Iowa – Shea Kruger of Worth County received a state 4-H health project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Kruger, 18, is the daughter of Neil and Laurene Kruger of Grafton.
During her nine years in 4-H, Kruger has led numerous health related fundraisers for six of them. She has helped organize and hold dances and bake sales while giving presentations to raise money for charities such as the Measles Initiative and Nothing But Nets Campaign.
“I am most proud of the impact that I have been able to make to improve the lives of others,” she said. “I have learned how amazing it feels to know that you’re making a difference and hope to continue with these gratifying experiences.”
Kruger also has received state 4-H leadership, citizenship and communication project awards and participated in the horse, beef, home improvement and sheep project areas. An area and state 4-H council member, she has served as her club and county 4-H council’s president and as a delegate to the National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“Through 4-H I have made lifelong friends throughout the state and have been challenged to push my limits,” she said. “My experiences in 4-H, specifically in the health area, have led me to pursue a biology major and leadership minor at Wartburg College. 4-H has been the biggest factor in shaping me into the person that I am today.”
Kruger is currently a freshman majoring in biology at Wartburg College where she is involved in the concert band.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Worth 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