AMES, Iowa — Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 2-7 in Chevy Chase, Md.
Anna Jo Cowan, Council Bluffs; Austin Ehlers, Storm Lake; Elizabeth Feilmeier, Early; and Briar Tenold, Northwood, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program, said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist.
The Des Moines Register will sponsor the 4-H’ers’ trip to Maryland. Lisa Berkland, an ISU Extension youth specialist serving Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Winnebago counties, will accompany the youth.
ISU Extension sends only four delegates per year, and candidates are eligible to attend National 4-H Conference only one time. Delegates must submit an application and be selected by a committee.
“We selected these four representatives due to their involvement in 4-H at the local and state level as well as their leadership and communication skills,” said Allen.
The youth 4-H delegates will meet with all of Iowa’s legislators to inform them about current 4-H accomplishments. Delegates also will have opportunities to collaborate and highlight local 4-H programs and activities.
“This 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,” said Allen.
Buena Vista County 4-H’er Austin Ehlers, 18, is the son of Brent and Carol Ehlers. A nine-year 4-H member, he has participated in citizenship, communications, leadership, beef and welding projects. He has received state project award recognition for beef, citizenship, communications and leadership and has participated in National 4-H Congress. He also has served as president of his 4-H club, a 4-H county council representative and treasurer of the Northwest Area 4-H Tech Team. Ehlers is a senior at Sioux Central Community School District, Sioux Rapids.
Sac County 4-H’er Elizabeth Feilmeier, 17, is the daughter of Dale and Mary Feilmeier. A six-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, communications, leadership, food and nutrition, and visual arts projects. She also has participated in National 4-H Congress, is a member of the State 4-H Council and has served as president and vice president of her 4-H club. Feilmeier is a senior at St. Mary’s High School, Storm Lake.
West Pottawattamie County 4-H’er Anna Jo Cowan, 17, is the daughter of Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, communications, leadership, clothing and photography projects. She has received state project award recognition for leadership and honors at the Iowa State Fair, including two seals of excellence for educational presentations. She also has served as president, treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. Cowan is a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs.
Worth County 4-H’er Briar Tenold, 18, is the daughter of Lynn and Mindy Tenold. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, communications, leadership, beef and clothing projects. She has been a delegate to National 4-H Congress, a member of the State 4-H Council and has received state beef and citizenship awards. She also has served as vice president and activity director of her 4-H club. Tenold is a senior at Northwood-Kensett Community High School.