LAS honors 4-H students with Future Discovery Awards

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4-H Poster Exhibit, with images of Iowa's 2020 Derecho
4-H student Macy Bristle won an LAS Future Discovery Award for a project on the 2020 derecho.

Each year, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional 4-H projects at the Iowa State Fair with the LAS Future Discovery Awards.

These awards honor 4-H youth whose Iowa State Fair projects demonstrate innovation, curiosity and scholarship that is foundational to a liberal arts and sciences education. This year’s 2021 recipients included research on a diverse range of timely topics, such as Iowa’s 2020 derecho and the relationship between social media and voting.

The LAS Future Discovery Award is a $500 scholarship, awarded to each recipient upon the student’s enrollment at Iowa State in a liberal arts and sciences major.

LAS faculty and staff select each year’s award winners. This year’s judges included Dan Rice, LAS transfer relations coordinator and outreach advisor; Terry Kruse, LAS unit advisor; Eric Merten, LAS recruitment coordinator; Erin Valerio-Garsow, LAS academic advisor; and Jeffrey Wheatley, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies.

Iowa State staff, faculty, seated at table in conference room
LAS faculty and staff review Iowa State Fair 4-H projects for Future Discovery Awards.

“We hope the Future Discovery Award encourages all 4-H students to look to Iowa State University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as the place to seek a college degree,” Rice said. “The wide variety of majors in college are all well-represented in the topics these young adults have investigated and researched. I invite different judges each year, and they are always impressed with the quality and variety of the 4-H projects.”

2021 LAS Future Discovery Award recipients

  • Rachel Aird, Muscatine County, “Think You Don’t Like Classical Music”
  • Macy Bristle, Boone County, “Derecho!”
  • Zachary Campbell, Story County, “Oracle Discord Bot”
  • Aaron Carlson, Jefferson County, “BeyBlades”
  • Zachary Harnden, Dallas County, “Social Media and Voting”
  • Maeve Janssen, Marshall County, “The History of a Dress”
  • Jarret Jordahl, Franklin County, “Iowa Toads and Frogs”
  • Madelynn Schuh, Johnson County, “Social Interaction and Complex Trauma”
  • Addison Wicklund, Winneshiek County, “Life Through Deaf Eyes
  • Noah Yeager, Polk County, “Budget to Boston”