Story County 4-H’ers and volunteers were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2016-17 Story County 4-H Awards program, held on Nov. 19 at the Community Building in Nevada. Emcees were Lindsey Donnelly and Ashley Kahler. Over 500 awards were given out to active 4-H members and volunteers. This celebration was a great way to congratulate 4-H’ers on their project accomplishments and achievements this past year and to thank volunteers for sharing their knowledge and guidance with 4-H’ers. Volunteers are recognized for Hall of Fame, or milestone years of service to the 4-H club program. Members are recognized for taking on extra leadership within their club, being apart of a state or national team, or by applying for awards and completing project records.

Clover Kids were recognized as they graduate from Clover Kids in third grade and advance their experience through 4-H. 4-H’ers in grades four-12 were recognized for completing their first year in 4-H, completing officer roles and overall club achievement awards as determined by the club leaders. They also had the opportunity to receive participation awards by completing requirements, which included attending a county event and participating in a communication experience. 4-H’ers submitted applications for project awards and the top county 4-H award applicants completed an interview with two evaluators.

Many individuals and organizations donated to the 4-H awards program as a way to congratulate the 4-H’ers and volunteers for their accomplishments. They do this by financially sponsoring awards or providing gift certificates that support a 4-H member in a specific project area. The 2017 supporters include: JoAnn and Lee Blanchard, Cooks’ Emporium, Nevada Golden K Kiwanis, ISU Extension & Outreach, New Century Farm Service, Carolyn and Ralph Manning, Reiman Garden, Shirley Sim Family, Story County Cattleman Association, Story Count Pork Producers, Theisen’s Home Farm & Auto, Lasered LLC, Nevada Hardware, County 4-H Youth Council and James Riggins.

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences. Youth become confident as they develop skills in leadership, citizenship, communication, and other life skills through their 4-H experiences. To learn more about the 4-H program, please contact the Story County ISU Extension and Outreach Office located at 220 H Avenue in Nevada. You can also call at 515-382-6551, email 4-H Coordinator Katelyn Bateman at, or view