AMES, Iowa – Velista Martin of Adair 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. Martin, 17, is the daughter of Joe and Vanessa Martin of Fontanelle.
During her nine years in 4-H, Martin has served on her county, area and state 4-H councils and as club vice president. She also has planned the May beef month activities for the Clover Kids the past three years, working to make it a fun and educational experience for both the kids and counselors.
“Leading day camps, committee projects and others in a group activity have been good leadership challenges for me,” she said. “I will use my leadership skills to help me accomplish tasks that come my way in college and the workplace. I also hope to use them to positively influence other youth.”
In addition to taking on leadership responsibilities, Martin has been involved in the food and nutrition, sheep and child development project areas while receiving a state 4-H beef project award and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the local level. She has also attended the National 4-H Congress, the Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“I have gained a better understanding of people in my community and country through 4-H,” she said. “Through various activities 4-H has helped me become a well-rounded person. By having communication, leadership and citizenship skills I have become a better community citizen and leader.”
Martin is currently a senior at Nodaway Valley School.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Adair 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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