Four Youth to Represent Iowa at 2012 National 4-H Conference

AMES, Iowa — Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference March 24-29 in Chevy Chase, Md.

Kayla Krull, Northwood; Abigail Peterson, Harcourt; Amy Prestholt, Manly; and Savannah Ruby, Greenfield, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program, said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth development specialist.

The Des Moines Register and the Iowa 4-H Foundation will sponsor the 4-H’ers’ trip to Maryland. Carol Ehlers, an ISU Extension and Outreach youth program specialist serving Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cherokee, Ida, Pocahontas and Sac counties, will accompany the youth.

ISU Extension and Outreach 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,” Allen said.

The youth 4-H delegates will meet with all of Iowa’s legislators to inform them about current 4-H accomplishments. In addition, they will participate in round tables on current youth issues and prepare and present briefs to the national agencies connected to their issue. 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,” Allen said.

Savannah RubyAdair County 4-H’er Savannah Ruby, 18, is the daughter of Mark and Angela Ruby. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in horse, dog, cattle, hog and communication projects. She has participated in National 4-H Congress; state, area and county 4-H councils; and county youth committee and has received a state project award for leadership. She also has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club.

A senior at Nodaway Valley High School, Ruby said 4-H has led her to choose elementary education as her college major.

Abigail PetersonWebster County 4-H’er Abigail Peterson, 17, is the daughter of Mark and Kim Peterson. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, leadership, communication, clothing, and home improvement projects. She has participated in National 4-H Congress and state and county 4-H councils, and has received state project awards for citizenship and clothing. She also has served as vice president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club.

A student at Prairie Valley High School in Gowrie, Peterson said, “4-H has taught me many life skills such as interviewing, public speaking, organization and goal setting. It also has helped me know that in a future career I want to use communication and help others.”

Amy PrestholtWorth County 4-H’er Amy Prestholt, 16, is the daughter of Linda and Dave Prestholt. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in horse, dog, communications, photography and citizenship projects. She has participated in state, area and county 4-H councils; the county youth committee, and has received a state dog project award. She also has served as vice president, secretary and reporter of her 4-H club.

A junior at Central Springs High School, Prestholt said “4-H has allowed me to exhibit at the State Fair, become a club officer, implement a new 4-H dog program at the Worth County Fair and make life-long friends.”

Kayla Krull

Worth County 4-H’er Kayla Krull, 18, is the daughter of Paul and Cynthia Krull. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in clothing, communications, personal development, photography and visual arts projects. She has participated in National 4-H Congress and state and county 4-H councils. She also has served as president, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club.

A senior at Lake Mills Community School, Krull said, “4-H is a place to come and learn. It gives kids good communication skills, record keeping skills, and teaches how to work with our peers and adults.”

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