AMES, Iowa-- Lauren Collins and Mary Foell of Sac County have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 25-29. Collins, 18, is the daughter of Lane and Barb Collins of Sac City and Foell, 16, is the daughter of Bill and Laura Foell of Schaller.
The 4-H'ers will join 22 other youth from the state of Iowa at the leadership conference, entitled "Lead, Learn, Grow." Iowa's Congress delegates are selected through interviews and evaluation of support materials. Collins, a senior at Sac Community High School and Foell, a junior at Schaller-Crestland High School, were chosen for their leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
Collins, a 10-year 4-H’er, has been active in the food and nutrition, citizenship, personal development, communication and leadership project areas. She served her 4-H club as president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, librarian and photographer. Collins served on the county, area and state 4-H Councils and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference/Animal Science Roundup at Iowa State University. She has received a seal of excellence on her extemporaneous speaking at the Iowa State Fair and Top Senior Clothing Selection in 2005.
"4-H has helped me to become a better person; one who cares for others and gets involved," said Collins. "4-H has given me opportunities which I would not otherwise be offered, and these opportunities have changed me for the better. I hope to stay involved in 4-H as I go onto college at Iowa State University and even after college in my own community. I hope to never say goodbye to 4-H."
Foell, a nine-year 4-H’er, Foell has entered the horticulture, citizenship, leadership, communication and crop production project areas. She served her 4-H club as president, reporter, treasurer and secretary. Foell served on the county, area and state 4-H Councils and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University. Foell received state 4-H project awards for horticulture and citizenship and has won several record book awards.
"As I look over my years in 4-H, I can say with pride that I have developed abilities to help others and that I have a sense of responsibility toward others," said Foell. "4-H has taught me to be a better citizen and problem solver. As I become an adult and take on more responsibilities, I will be able to take the skills learned through 4-H and apply them to my personal and professional life."
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