Hirschman touts 4-H success
By LAURA CARLSON
LE MARS – When asked what he learned in 4-H Paul Hirschman responded with a smile.
“4-H has made me who I am today,” he said. “I enjoyed every moment of it from the beginning. I was a member of a different Story County 4-H club before I transferred to the Steam Clovers.”
“This last year was my final year in 4-H when I graduated from Roland-Story High School.”
Those words are high praise for any club to receive, and even more impressive when the compliment is given by a student.
Hirschman’s favorite fair projects involved participation in the photography division.
“I competed in it for all 11 years,” he said, pulling out photographs that showed his latest work.
“I have learned so much from the different judges over the past several years,” Hirschman said. “This last year, I pushed myself to do better than I had any other year, and I accomplished it. I learned more and did better than my previous years at the Story County Fair.”
Blue and purple ribbons attached to the photographs of nature and animals prove it.
“I learned how to get the picture that people wanted to see and the picture that I felt proud to have taken,” he said. “My photography did really well this year with an alternate state fair ribbon and several blue ribbons.”
4-H wasn’t just about the camera for Hirschman.
“I showed my dog, Zoe, for two years,” he said. “I also did visual arts for a few years. This last year, I entered three poems and a short story. The short story earned an alternate to state fair ribbon while the poems were awarded purple ribbons.”
Hirschman is a freshman at Western Iowa Tech Community College, in Le Mars.
His goal is to eventually complete a teaching degree in the literature and history departments at a college in Iowa closer to his family.
“I currently work part time at the local Fareway in the meat department,” he added.
When Hirschman is not in class or working, he enjoys restoring and riding motorcycles with his family.
“My plans are to hopefully transfer to Grinnell (College) and finish my degree there,” he said. “Past that, I really don’t know other than get a job, enjoy life and give praise to God.”
Hirschman said 4-H taught him many skills that he will take with him.
“I have learned so many skills from being in 4-H, skills that I will use for the rest of my life,” Hirschman said. “I will always remember the thrills of being a 4-H member. If there is one thing I could suggest to the younger generation. It would be for them to get involved in 4-H. You will learn so many things and have fun at the same time. I know I did.”
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