Local Woodbury County 4-H’er Receives State 4-H Project Award

Woodbury County 4-H’er Emily Dawn Widman, Sergeant Bluff, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Widman, 18, is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Widman.
Fifty-two Iowa 4-H’ers have been selected to receive state 4-H project awards in 2014. A total of 163 4-H youth from 52 counties applied for the awards this year, about 25 percent more than in 2013. The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area. The 4-H’ers receiving the awards are recognized as the top in the state.
An eight-year member of 4-H, Widman has completed projects on fashion review, poultry, beef, sewing and visual arts. She has served as president and vice president of her 4-H clubs. Widman has participated in her county 4-H council and county youth committee.
“4-H has been a very positive experience for me,” said Widman. “It has given me the confidence that I can achieve the future goals I have set for my life.”
4-H projects give youth the opportunity to strengthen their skills and knowledge in a wide variety of areas ranging from communication to food and nutrition. “4-H’ers can choose from one or more project areas that allow them to develop skills and interests in the areas of healthy living, citizenship and leadership, and STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math,” said Cayla Taylor, a state 4-H program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
“The 4-H’ers completed a rigorous written application and were interviewed, which gave the applicants valuable communication experiences,” said Taylor. “Achieving a state 4-H project award is a great honor and testament to the 4-H’ers' dedication to mastering skills in a project area, while also sharing their knowledge of the project with others through communications, leadership and citizenship opportunities.”
The recipients of this year’s awards were recognized at the State 4-H Youth Conference during the Closing Ceremony held in Stephens Auditorium in Ames on Thursday, June 26.

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