AMES, Iowa – Lisa Nelson of Worth County received a state 4-H horse project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Nelson, 17, is the daughter of Gary and Julie Nelson of Lake Mills.
During her five years in 4-H, Nelson has participated in many horse communications and citizenship projects including barn interviews, presentations, fairground painting, stall clean-out and arena improvements. One of her biggest achievements, however, is her initiative to start a horseless horse project where kids without horses have the opportunity to learn hands-on about horses with another 4-H’er who owns one. Her plans will be put into action this year.
“I have learned a ton about all aspects of caring for, showing, feeding and grooming horses,” she said. “I have also grown from just showing my horse to projects in communications and citizenship. I hope to share all of my 4-H experiences with others so that they can learn as much as I have.”
In addition to horses, Nelson has been involved in the agriculture and natural resources and food and nutrition project areas while receiving communication, clothing and fashion revue project awards at the local level. A member of the champion state meats judging team, she has served on her county and state 4-H councils, as a delegate to the National 4-H Congress and as club president and vice president. She also has attended the Iowa 4-H Conference.
“4-H has helped me grow in so many aspects of my life. It has taught me life skills that I wouldn’t learn anywhere else,” she said. “4-H has provided many opportunities and continues to encourage me and all 4-H’ers to make the best better.”
Nelson currently attends Lake Mills High School.
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