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Madison County 4-H’er Earns Dog Project Award

Abbey Smith


AMES, Iowa – Abbey Smith of Madison County received a state 4-H dog project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Smith, 16, is the daughter of R.W. and Cindy Smith of Adel.


During her eight years in 4-H, Smith has served as a junior leader for both the horse and dog project areas and helped younger members with their animals. She also has raised and trained five leader dogs for the blind, which has really humbled her.


“I have learned to not take the things I have for granted,” she said. “It feels very good to know that my year spent training each dog is helping a blind person live a better life.”


In addition, Smith has been involved in the communication, veterinary science and food and nutrition project areas while receiving top record book and citizenship awards at the local level. An area 4-H council member, she has served as president of her county 4-H council and a member of her county youth committee and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.


“4-H has helped me gain leadership roles in my community and county,” she said. “It has also given me more citizenship roles which will be important for the rest of my life.”


Smith is currently a student at Adel-Desoto-Minburn High School.


For more information about 4-H, contact the Madison 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.



Contacts :

Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu


Photo of Abbey Smith