AMES, Iowa – Dana Sly of Woodbury County received a state 4-H food and nutrition project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Sly, 17, is the daughter of Dave and Lin Sly of Sioux City.
During her seven years in 4-H, Sly has developed her own vegan cornbread recipe and written a magazine-style article about her experience. She also organized Operation: Cookie Care, where she and her fellow club members baked and packaged 100 dozen cookies in one day. They then sent the cookies and hand-made thank you booklets to American troops serving overseas. In turn, upon one troop and cookie recipient’s return, an American flag that was flown over Afghanistan was presented to the club members.
“Not only did we support our troops, it was very rewarding to see my club members work together and have fun at the same time,” she said. “My experiences have also taught me that nothing is beyond my grasp. As I move toward my future my 4-H experiences will give me the confidence to take on challenges and look for opportunities to help others.”
In addition to food and nutrition, Sly has been involved in the personal development and citizenship project areas and received county leadership, communication and outstanding junior and intermediate record book awards. She also has served as club president and vice president.
“4-H has boosted my self-esteem and showed me how much I can accomplish,” she said. “It has provided me with a creative approach to solving problems and a well-rounded background in communications, application writing, leadership and citizenship.”
Sly is currently a junior at Sioux City North High School.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Woodbury 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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