AMES, Iowa – Sara Rockow of Webster County received a state 4-H citizenship project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Rockow, 17, is the daughter of John and Deb Rockow of Fort Dodge.
During her seven years in 4-H, Rockow has completed several self-determined community service projects including a recent one with her local YWCA where she created care packages, held a community food drive and organized several workshops. These accomplishments have earned her recognition such as the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award and delegate honors to the National 4-H Congress.
“From my experiences I have learned that if I set, work towards and accomplish my goals I will be able to succeed in the future,” she said. “I also have gained knowledge of life skills that are hard to obtain from anything else but 4-H.”
In addition to citizenship, Rockow has been involved in the communications, home improvement and photography project areas while earning a state 4-H leadership project award in 2008. She has also received the junior and intermediate spirit award at the local level, served as club president and vice president, been a member of her county, area and state 4-H councils and attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“Since I have been a part of 4-H, I have had several experiences that have helped shape my career decisions. I have decided to go into social work or something involving public and human services,” the current senior at Fort Dodge High School said. “I know I will be able to succeed in whatever I am assigned to in my life because of everything 4-H has given me.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Webster 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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