State 4-H Recognition Day

Here you can find information about the different opportunities for Iowa 4-H member recognition on the state level. This includes the National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, State 4-H Council, State Project Award, and the State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program. State Recognition Day is held each Spring on the Iowa State University Campus.

March 24, 2018 on the ISU Campus

Print or Review Before You Arrive March 24


If You Are Unable to Attend State Recognition Day

If you are unable to attend in person you must indicate the reason in your application process, and you will be limited to only two applications. Video interviews will be conducted by 4-H Youth Field Specialists and must be submitted before March 12, 2018. If you have questions please contact Bonnie Dalager.

After March 24

  • Youth will be mailed results and committee evaluations, around mid-April.
  • Youth application material and evaluations will be available for county Extension and Outreach staff on a staff-only website.

February 1, 2018 Online Application Deadline

Prepare to Apply Online

Opportunities For Which Iowa 4-H Members May Apply

National 4-H Conference 
National 4-H Conference is a week-long trip to our nation's capital, Spring 2019 (usually early April). Youth stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD with delegates from across the nation.  This is a working event where youth will share their perspective on the 4-H program with national leaders, including Congressional members.

National 4-H Congress 
This event is held over the Thanksgiving holiday, November 23-27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. The event includes dynamic keynote speakers, community service in the Atlanta area, workshops on leadership, cultural issues, and team building. Delegates will also get a chance to tour the city of Atlanta.

State 4-H Council 
This group of high school students works directly with Iowa 4-H Youth Development staff to represent the program across the state. They speak to local 4-H groups, represent 4-H'ers ideas to staff, and work in committees to plan the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, 4-H'ers for 4-H campaign, and 4-H promotional ideas.  

State Project Awards
4-H'ers who have focused on specific project areas during their 4-H experience can apply for recognition for their efforts through this program. Awarded to 4-H'ers who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication, and service in their project. 

State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program Information
The 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program is designed to promote 4-H and specifically 4-H Shooting Sports. Youth selected to serve as Ambassadors, from June of the current year to June of the upcoming year, will receive training to become advocates for the program at county, regional, and state levels. Through the program, Ambassadors develop their skills in leadership, public presentation, citizenship, community service, public relations and team building.

Additional Information for County Staff is available in MyExtension

The page name is "4-H Recognition Handbook - Staff Only Items" and includes contacts for judging, press release templates, and annual results. 

Review / Interview Committees

The number of review/interview committees needed depends on the number of applications received in each opportunity. ATTENTION: Adults/Collegiate 4-H'ers! If you would like to be invited as a reviewer/interviewer for this recognition event, please contact Mary Kay Litzel. For more information on recognition opportunities and awards, please contact 4-H Recognition Day coordinator, Bonnie Dalager.

Past Event Results