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Van Buren County 4-H’er earns state rabbit project award

Jul 19, 2017
Joy Westercamp

AMES — Fifty Iowa 4-H’ers, including Joy Westercamp of Van Buren County, have received 2017 state 4-H project awards and are recognized as the top winners in their project areas across the state.

Westercamp, daughter of Steven and Christine Westercamp, was recognized in the rabbit project area. She is a member of Van Buren County 4-H, serves on her County 4-H Council and has held the positions of president, secretary, and treasurer in her 4-H club. She has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and was selected as a delegate to National 4-H Conference and is a member of the State 4-H Council. She enjoys the communications, environment and sustainability, rabbits, swine and food and nutrition project areas.

The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area. Each youth recipient also received a $100 monetary award from Glen and Mary Jo Mente of Ames and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

“This recognition is a great honor and testament to the 4-Hers’ dedication to mastering skills in a specific project area, while also sharing their knowledge with others through communication, leadership and citizenship opportunities,” said Bonnie Dalager, 4-H youth program specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Each year, youth from around the state complete a rigorous written state project award application and panel interview process,” said Dalager. “The recognition process provides additional skill development opportunities in written and interpersonal communication.”

The recipients of this year’s awards were recognized at the State 4-H Youth Conference during the closing ceremony June 29 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

The deadline for state 4-H recognition day applications is Feb. 1. For more information on the Iowa 4-H recognition opportunities, contact Dalager at bdalager@iastate.edu.

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