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2018 4-H State Awards to Eric Keller

May 13, 2018
From: Jenny Hulme - Tama County Youth Coordinator , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

154 Iowa 4-H'ers participated in the State 4-H Recognition event submitting over 230 applications. Interviews were held Saturday, March 24, on the Iowa State University campus. Those selected for a state award will be recognized at the Iowa State Youth Conference closing ceremonies on Thursday, June 28.

Tama County is proud to share that Eric Keller is a recipient of several awards. Eric is a member of the Young Guns 4-H Club and the son of Ryan and Melissa Keller of Gladbrook.

April 6-11, 2019, Eric will represent Tama County and Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC. National 4-H Conference is a working conference. Delegates attend workshops and discuss issues in teams to suggest future programming for 4-H on a national, state, and local basis. Delegates meet with federal legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss the impact of 4-H and Extension programming in their areas. The overall purpose of the National 4-H Conference is to provide meaningful involvement of representative groups of 4-H participants in program development at the national level.

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Eric Keller

State 4-H Project awards is another area of application for 4-H'ers who have focused on specific project areas during their 4-H experience. They can apply for recognition for their efforts through this program. Awards go to 4-H'ers who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication, and service in their project. Eric received the Veterinary Science Project Award. He will receive a $100 award made possible by an Iowa 4-H Foundation donor.

Eric has also been selected as an Iowa State Shooting Sports Ambassador for 2018-2019. 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.

For more information about 4-H or the State 4-H Awards, contact the Tama County Extension and Outreach Office at or 641-484-2703.



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