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Iowa 4-H youth shine at state recognition day

Iowa 4-H youth shine at state recognition day

By Andi Anderson

Iowa's 4-H youth demonstrated remarkable leadership and readiness skills during the State 4-H Recognition Day held in late March. From interviews to hands-on activities, these young leaders showcased their abilities and commitment to personal growth.

Senior 4-H members in grades 9-12 vied for state and national opportunities, exemplifying excellence in leadership and community service. Among the honorees were State 4-H Council members, National 4-H Conference delegates, and Safety and Education in Shooting Sports Ambassadors, recognized for their dedication and achievements.

The event served as a platform for youth to refine essential skills such as communication and professionalism. Participants engaged in cover letter writing and interviewing activities, preparing them for future academic and career endeavors.

Bonnie Dalager, 4-H educational design and development manager with ISU Extension and Outreach, emphasized the value of experiential skill development. Through the recognition process, youth gained practical experience essential for success in college and beyond.

Over 100 adult volunteers played a pivotal role in reviewing applications and conducting interviews, ensuring a comprehensive and engaging experience for participants. Their dedication reflects a commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders.

The event's success was made possible by the generous support of donors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. With a blend of in-person and virtual interviews, participants from across the state had the opportunity to showcase their talents and accomplishments.

From National 4-H Conference delegates to Healthy Living Ambassadors, each honoree embodies the spirit of 4-H values: leadership, citizenship, and service. Their achievements inspire others to pursue excellence and make a positive impact in their communities.

As Iowa continues to celebrate the achievements of its youth, the State 4-H Recognition Day serves as a testament to the power of mentorship, dedication, and opportunity in shaping future leaders.

Photo Credit: 4-H

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