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Adair County 4-H’ers bring home state project awards

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:30 a.m. CST

GREENFIELD — Adair County 4-H’ers claimed six of the 52 state 4-H project awards given. A state 4-H project award is the highest achievement 4-H’ers can receive in project work. Winners are selected based on both a written application and interview. The entire process was a first-time experience for the Adair County winners.

Merritt Caviness, high school senior, earned the state science, engineering and technology award. He is currently president of Adair County Hot Shots and five-year member of Speak Out for Agriculture Planning Committee. Merritt is the son of Randy and Janalee Caviness of Greenfield.

Nodaway Valley sophomore Heath Downing earned the state beef award. He is currently president of Richland Royals and is a two-year member of Adair County 4-H Youth Council. Downing is the son of Steve and Karen Downing of Creston.

Anna Horn, West Central Valley junior, earned the state horse award. She is a member of Jefferson Pioneers and active in fine arts activities at West Central Valley High School. Horn, daughter of Jeff and Brenda Horn of Stuart, is also a member of Central Iowa Dancing Hooves Drill Team.

Nodaway Valley freshman Riley Lonsdale earned the state citizenship award. She is a six-year member of Adair County Wing Walkers and also a member of Adair County 4-H Youth Council. Lonsdale, daughter of Martin and Maureen Lonsdale of Greenfield, is a four-year recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for devoting more than 700 hours to community service.

Morgan Smith, West Central Valley sophomore, earned the state communication award. She is a member of Harrison Hummers and Adair County 4-H Youth Council. Smith, daughter of Christine Smith of Stuart, has attended State 4-H Conference and competed at the state level in communication activities.

Nodaway Valley High School senior Hannah Yount earned the state horse award. She is currently president of NV Champions and member of Adair County 4-H Youth Council. Yount, daughter of Louise Convery and Bill Yount of Greenfield, is active in her 4-H club and Nodaway Valley FFA Chapter.

Shelby Soper, Adair-Casey sophomore, was selected to be one of the 21-member Iowa delegation to National 4-H Congress this fall in Atlanta, Ga., and was also one of 40 delegates chosen for State 4-H Council membership. She is a member of Summit Super Stars, Adair County 4-H Youth Council and Speak Out for Agriculture Planning Committee. Soper, daughter of Clint and Mindy Douglas, exhibits in the communication, home improvement and sheep and goats project areas.

The teens will be honored at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference closing ceremony June 26.

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