AMES, Iowa – Bethany Welsh of Iowa 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. Welsh, 17, is the daughter of Bob and Nancy Welsh of Williamsburg.
During her nine years in 4-H, Welsh has helped put up American flags in her community park, carried a flag in the Memorial Day service and made Christmas gifts and organized a card-playing event for the elderly. As part of the National 4-H Congress where she served as an Iowa delegate, Welsh also helped out in a lower income school in Atlanta, Ga.
“I have learned that it is important to give back to your community because it provides so much for you,” she said.
In addition to citizenship, Welsh has been involved in the photography and food and nutrition project areas while receiving a state 4-H rabbit project award and the achievement and David McCartney Traveling Trophy of Outstanding Leadership awards. A county, area and state 4-H council member, she has served as club president and vice president and attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus.
“4-H has given me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and become the person I am today,” she said. “Without 4-H I would not have gained the skills that I have such as communication, leadership and citizenship skills.”
Welsh is currently a senior at Williamsburg Junior/Senior High School.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Iowa 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, email@example.com