2012-2013 Iowa 4-H Youth Council Members Announced

AMES, Iowa — Forty Iowa teens are beginning their terms as members of the Iowa 4-H Youth Council. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 28.

The young leaders will serve as 4-H ambassadors in their home counties and throughout the regions they represent in the state. They also will participate in various statewide functions.

“The state council is made up of an outstanding group of people from across the state,” said Brenda Allen, state 4-H youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “During three days of ambassador training, they practiced sharing their 4-H stories, learned about specifics in the state 4-H program and learned about one another. I am confident they are prepared to represent the Iowa 4-H program with enthusiasm and grace. It is a pleasure to work with such accomplished and motivated youth, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.”

Other responsibilities of state council members include working at the Iowa State Fair, planning the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and serving with the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

“The state council gives youth an opportunity to develop important life skills,” said Chuck Morris, ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development program director. “Youth learn to become better leaders through planning and executing state and area educational events.”

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[PHOTO] Council members from northwest Iowa, left to right: Tyler Pickhinke, Sac County; Brett Nicholson, Calhoun County; Grace Feilmeier, Sac County; Natalie Lord, Woodbury County; Chuck Morris, director, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development; Alexandria Roth, Sac County; Arielle Wolterman, Ida County; Renae Drey, Sac County; and Matt Staley, Crawford County. Not pictured: Scott Schroeder, Plymouth County.

[PHOTO] Council members from northeast Iowa, left to right: Amy Prestholt, Worth County; Angela Benjegerdes, Worth County; Chuck Morris, director, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development; Matt Tweeten, Worth County;  Lisa Irons, Worth County; and Kathryn Appler; Fayette County. Not pictured: John Bachtle; Worth County; Victoria Karsten, Buchanan County; and Sydney Williams, Mitchell County.

[PHOTO] Council members from north central Iowa, left to right: Mara Borer, Hamilton County; David Runneals, Story County; Chuck Morris, director, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development; Ashley Smeby, Hancock County; and Katlyn Kahler, Story County. Not Pictured: Carissa Brown, Boone County; Rebecca Nellis, Webster County; Sarah Rasmussen, Humboldt County; and Jan Ryherd, Hamilton County.

[PHOTO] Council members from southwest Iowa, left to right: Kami Badger, Greene County; Michelle Temeyer, Polk County; Kysa Downing, Adair County; Chuck Morris, director, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development; Jared Calvert, Guthrie County; Nathaniel Thompson, Harrison County; and Meghan Gray, Mills County. Not Pictured: Katriana Langholz, Madison County.

[PHOTO] Council members from southeast Iowa, left to right: Paul Pisarik, Johnson County; Emily Dirks, Jones County; Anna Brooks, Muscatine County; Chuck Morris, director, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development; Lauren Carter, Washington County; Katie Friederichs, Muscatine County; Katie Utterback, Marion County; and Beth Zuber, Iowa County. Not Pictured: Lauren Baker, Henry County.

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