DeWitt County 4-H member wins state project Mastery Award

MAROA — Reed Jostes, of Maroa, recently won the State 4-H Award in project mastery for his years of dedicated service and devotion to the Southern Explorers Club.

At the beginning of his DeWitt County 4-H career, Reed Jostes learned from older 4-H members about his poultry project. In time, he was the one teaching and mentoring members. Reed expanded his leadership skills again when he realized that the poultry cages at the 4-H show were dangerous for the birds. He created a Poultry Barn Revamping Committee, spearheaded fundraisers, applied for a grant and recruited other exhibitors to help.

The Illinois State 4-H Award recognizes lifetime exemplary work in five major areas, including communications, community service, leadership, personal growth and project mastery. Winners received either a trip to National 4-H Congress, $1,000 toward another national 4-H event or a $1,000 college scholarship as their prize. The award is supported through gifts to the Illinois 4-H Foundation by donors.

DeWitt County 4-H is provided through University of Illinois Extension and is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Youth learn skills for living by participating in individual or group learning experiences related to more than 200 project areas. More information about Extension programs and 4-H is available online at or find DeWitt County 4-H on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call (217) 877-6042.

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