AMES, Iowa – Jessica Wade of Woodbury County received a state 4-H leadership project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Wade, 17, is the daughter of Richard and Colleen Wade of Sioux City.
During her eight years in 4-H, Wade has served as her club’s president and vice president, on her county and area 4-H councils and as a National 4-H Congress delegate. She has also created a video library for the June E. Nylen Cancer center, led a Relay for Life team and helped lead her club in several community service projects, all of which have earned her recognition including the Danforth Leadership Award.
“I have learned that when I help others, especially when I volunteer at the stars program or the Challenger’s League, I gain as much or more as the people I have volunteered to help,” she said. “I am also most proud of my involvement in helping cancer patients since cancer has affected many of my club’s and my own family members.”
In addition to leadership, Wade has been involved in the poultry and dairy goat project areas while earning a state 4-H citizenship project award. She has earned local horse, rabbit and citizenship achievement awards and the Spirit of 4-H award. A current senior at Akron-Westfield High School, Wade has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has helped me gain a great appreciation for others,” she said. “’To make the best better’ is definitely a motto I will always live by. 4-H has given me leadership skills that will help guide me to a bright future.”
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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