Four Youth to Represent Iowa at 2013 National 4-H Conference

AMES, Iowa – Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 6-11 in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Baker, Winfield; Kysa Downing, Creston; Jayde Hapgood, Kensett; and David Runneals, Nevada, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program, said Cayla Taylor, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth development specialist.

The Des Moines Register will sponsor the 4-H’ers trip to the nation’s capital. Marisue Hartung, an ISU Extension 4-H youth program specialist, will serve as the youths’ chaperone.

ISU Extension and Outreach sends four delegates per year, and the candidates are eligible to attend National 4-H Conference once. Delegates must submit an application and interview for the opportunity to attend National 4-H Conference.

“It is an honor to be selected to attend National 4-H Conference,” said Taylor. “Delegates are selected based on their involvement in 4-H, as well as their leadership and communication skills. The conference brings top 4-H’ers from across the country to share ideas to strengthen the 4-H program nationally and at the state level.”

Adair County 4-H’er Kysa Downing, 18, is the daughter of Steve and Karen Downing. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in beef, home improvement, citizenship, swine and leadership projects. She has participated in county and state 4-H councils, National 4-H Congress and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

She is a senior at Nodaway Valley High School.

 

Henry County 4-H’er Lauren Baker, 17, is the daughter of Kent and Teresa Baker. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in photography, food and nutrition, consumer management and home improvement projects. She has participated in county and state councils and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

She is a senior at Winfield-Mount Union High School.

 

Story County 4-H’er David Runneals, 18, is the son of Dan and Jane Runneals. A nine-year 4-H member, Runneals has participated in photography, geospatial technology, leadership, citizenship and robotics projects. He has participated in county and state 4-H councils, county youth committee, the Iowa 4-H Technology Team and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

He is a senior at Nevada High School.

Worth County 4-H’er Jayde Hapgood, 17, is the daughter of Paul and Lisa Overland. An eight-year 4-H member, Hapgood has participated in communications, citizenship, clothing, dairy and home improvement projects. She has participated in county 4-H council.

She is a junior at Northwood-Kensett High School.

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[PHOTO] of Kysa Downing

[PHOTO] of Lauren Baker

[PHOTO] of David Runneals

[PHOTO] of Jayde Hapgood

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