AMES, Iowa-- Michelle Breen and Angie Burnham of Woodbury County have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 25-29. Breen, 17, is the daughter of Jack and Janet Breen of Sioux City and Burnham, 17, is the daughter of Wayne and Jean Burnham of Sergeant Bluff.
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. Breen, a senior at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School and Burnham, a senior at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School, were chosen for their leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
Breen, a seven-year 4-H’er, she has entered the clothing, food and nutrition, communication, health and citizenship project areas. She served her 4-H club as vice president for two years, secretary, historian, activities director and treasurer. Breen served on the county and area 4-H Councils and also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University. She received a state 4-H project award in communications and the Spirit of 4-H award.
"4-H has been a positive influence on me since I joined in the sixth grade," said Breen. "It has supported me to use my talents in a variety of activities and has strongly encouraged my participation in citizenship and leadership events. 4-H has enabled me to become an independent person, and its lessons and goals aid me in preparing for whatever the future has to offer."
Burnham, a nine-year 4-H’er, has entered the communications, citizenship, leadership, music and self-determined project areas. She served her 4-H club as president, secretary, reporter, and historian. She also served on the county 4-H Council and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University and the Citizenship Washington Focus trip to Washington D.C. She received achievement awards in citizenship, communications, child development and music project areas and the Spirit of 4-H award. Burnham is currently serving as president of the Mayor's Youth Commission.
"4-H has taught me how to set goals and has taught me life skills such as communication and leadership which I can use in my future career of teaching instrumental music," said Burnham. "Through 4-H, I have been involved with several citizenship projects for our local area."
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, email@example.com