AMES, Iowa-- Krista Foley, Elizabeth Hill, Janice Songstad and Allix Tenold, all of Worth County, have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 25-29.
Foley, 18, is the daughter of Larry and Karen Foley of Northwood; Hill, 16, is the daughter of Eric Hill and Alison Hill of Manly; Songstad, 17, is the daughter of Dale and Mary Songstad of Northwood and Tenold, 16, is the daughter of Lynn and Mindy Tenold of Northwood.
The 4-H'ers 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. Foley, Hill, Songstad and Tenold, who all attend Northwood-Kensett High School, were chosen for their leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
Foley, an eight-year 4-H’er, has entered the swine, food and nutrition, visual arts, home improvement and photography project areas. She served her 4-H club as vice president, secretary and flag carrier. Foley served on the county and state 4-H Councils and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University (ISU) and the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) trip to Washington D.C. She has exhibited at the Iowa State Fair with her Share-the-Fun act and Working Exhibit.
"4-H has influenced me in many ways and taught me many life skills," said Foley. "The people I have met through 4-H will be life long friends."
Hill, a 10-year 4-H’er, has entered the communication, food and nutrition, leadership, clothing and visual arts project areas. She served her 4-H club as secretary, historian and Share-the-Fun leader. Hill served on the county, area and state 4-H Councils and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at ISU. She received a 4-H state award in food and nutrition and communication. Hill also received county and area awards in food and nutrition and communication and the 2004 TAP award.
"4-H has opened my eyes to how I can use my skills to help others," said Hill.
Songstad, an eight-year 4-H’er, has entered the horticulture, food and nutrition, communication, citizenship and visual arts project areas. She served her 4-H club as vice president and treasurer. Songstad served on the county and area 4-H Council and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at ISU. She received a seal of merit on her Educational Presentation at the Iowa State Fair. Songstad received the "I Dare You" award and achievement awards in citizenship and food and nutrition.
"4-H has greatly influenced my life to work hard and be the best person I can be," said Songstad. "4-H has helped improve my communication skills, and my fear of speaking in front of a large crowd has diminished. Through 4-H, I have made many new friends, and it's given me many opportunities to try new things. The learning in 4-H never ends."
Tenold, a seven-year 4-H’er, has entered the beef, horse, clothing selection, leadership and citizenship project areas. She served her 4-H club as vice president and served on the county and area 4-H Councils. Tenold also attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at ISU and the CWF trip to Washington D.C. She received a state 4-H project award in horse and area project awards in horse and leadership.
"4-H has helped me gain leadership, interviewing and people skills," said Tenold. "It has taught me to value others opinions and appreciate community activities and service projects. 4-H has introduced me to many great mentors and taught me to mentor others. It has also opened my mind to the world of agriculture and livestock where I will someday pursue a career."
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