Iowa Youth Impress Judges during State 4-H Recognition Day

Award recipients from across the state announced

April 9, 2021, 8:48 am | Bonnie Dalager, Valyn Bodensteiner

AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H members participated in virtual interviews for the annual State 4-H Recognition Day on March 27.

State 4-H Recognition is the process in which senior 4-H members in grades 9-12 can apply to be selected for special statewide opportunities such as awards and trips such as National 4-H Conference, State 4-H Council, Iowa 4-H Reporters Program and Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors.

The 2021 award winners are listed by county on the Iowa 4-H website at

4-H clover and youth photo montage.“These opportunities to be recognized are an important part of the Iowa 4-H program,” said Bonnie Dalager, 4-H educational resource development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “The dedication that these young people demonstrate to pursue state and national recognition and leadership opportunities is a testament to their mastery of various project areas and interests, and to the desire they have to give back to their communities, our country and our world.”

The event provides an avenue for youth to practice and develop leadership, communications, and college and career readiness skills through hands-on educational application and interview activities.

The State 4-H Recognition Day coordination team worked with 4-H volunteers to review written applications and conduct panel interviews, delivering an engaging, skill-building experience for 4-H participants.

The event was made possible with the support of over 160 caring adult volunteers from across Iowa who reviewed 4-H award applications and interviewed the youth participants virtually using video teleconference platforms.

“The collective efforts and dedication of our volunteers was the reason we have been able to continue to provide this opportunity for youth regardless of the limitations that the current situation has put on all of us,” said Dalager.

For more information about Iowa 4-H Youth Development or Iowa 4-H Recognition opportunities, please contact Bonnie Dalager at

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