AMES, Iowa-- Elise Engeman of Johnson County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 25-29. Engeman, 17, is the daughter of Elaine Boeding-Engeman of Iowa City and a senior at City High School in Iowa City.
Engeman will join 22 other 4-H youth from Iowa at the youth leadership conference, entitled "Lead, Learn, Grow." Iowa's Congress delegates are selected through interviews and evaluation of support materials. Engeman was chosen for her leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
A nine-year 4-H’er, Engeman has entered the leadership, food and nutrition, citizenship, clothing and conservation project areas. She served her 4-H club as president, vice president, treasurer, historian and recreation leader. Engeman served on the county and area 4-H Councils and the County Youth Committee. She has also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University and participated in the Iowa State Fair Fashion Revue and Clothing Selection events. She received a seal of excellence on her Working Exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. The 2005 Johnson County Fair Princess, she also took top honors as 2005 Senior Sheep Showman and had the 2005 Champion Commercial Ewe at the county fair. She received the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation award for three years and the President's Volunteer Service award for three years.
"I am so grateful for 4-H," said Engeman. "I have been able to meet and interact with wonderful people. I have made friendships with other 4-H'ers that I hope to keep throughout my life. Most importantly, I have been able to educate myself with life skills such as goal setting, communication, organization and leadership. I have been fortunate to have formed relationships with my peers, 4-H leaders, extension staff and the general community that has and hopefully will continue to shape my future as I pursue a career in education."
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