AMES, Iowa-- Natalie Bohling and Traci Kordick of Adair County have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 25-29. Bohling, 16, is the daughter of Lynn and Elaine Bohling of Greenfield and Kordick, 17, is the daughter of Phillip and Diana Kordick of Bridgewater.
The 4-H'ers will join 22 other youth from Iowa at the leadership conference, entitled "Lead, Learn, Grow." Iowa's Congress delegates are selected through interviews and evaluation of support materials. Bohling and Kordick, both students at Nodaway Valley High School, were chosen for their leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
A seven-year 4-H’er, Bohling entered the communication, visual arts, food and nutrition, citizenship and clothing project areas. She served her 4-H club as president and treasurer, has served on the county, area and state 4-H Councils and the County Youth Committee. She also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University and the Citizenship Washington Focus trip to Washington D.C. Bohling received the State Communication and Food and Nutrition project awards and participated in the State Fair Clothing Event. She won the Outstanding Intermediate and 4-H Spirit awards, Top Senior and Intermediate Working Exhibits and numerous county project awards. Bohling also received the Kohl's Kids Who Care award, the 2005 Iowa Youth Character Counts award and was a 2005 Nestle Very Best in Youth national finalist.
"Through my participation in 4-H projects, events and activities, I have learned a lot about myself as well as others," said Bohling. "4-H has helped me to grow and learn as I have tried a variety of project areas."
A nine-year 4-H’er, Kordick entered the 4-H historical/family heritage, personal development, child development, home improvement and breeding beef project areas. She served her 4-H club as president, treasurer, photographer and recreation leader. Kordick served on the county and area 4-H Councils and attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University. She received a county leadership award, the 4-H Spirit award and both the Gold and Bronze Presidential Student Service Challenge awards.
"4-H has influenced my life in many different ways," said Kordick. "The three abilities that the 4-H program has taught me are: leadership, communication and goal setting. Leadership is the most important aspect of my life because without leadership, I would not have tried to attain awards above the county level. The future depends on this leadership aspect because those who display the willingness to learn new approaches to problems will exceed many expectations. 4-H has influenced my future plans because I would like to continue working with children and to pursue a career in the nursing field."
For more information on how to get involved in 4-H contact your county's Iowa State University Extension office.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org