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Hamilton County 4-H’er Earns Food and Nutrition Project Award

Courtney Stakey


AMES, Iowa – Courtney Stakey of Hamilton 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. Stakey, 16, is the daughter of Doran and Cathy Stakey of Kamrar.


During her eight years in 4-H, Stakey has earned state fair recognition for several food and nutrition projects. She also has organized a group of friends to join her in helping Meals from the Heartland, an organization that raises funds for food-relief packages, puts them together and then disperses the packages around the world to starving communities.


“I have learned to use food preparation skills to impact someone other than myself,” she said. “I hope to continue to use my citizenship and leadership skills in the future and encourage others to get involved as well.”


In addition to food and nutrition, Stakey has been involved in the clothing, swine, citizenship and leadership project areas while serving as club president and on her county and state 4-H councils and county youth committee. She has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus.


“4-H has taught me life skills that I use every day and will continue to use in the future. It has given me the opportunity to explore a variety of project areas as I consider possible careers ahead of me,” said the South Hamilton Community High School junior.


For more information about 4-H, contact the Hamilton 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 Courtney Stakey