AMES, Iowa-- Laura Kuennen, Northwood, has been named a delegate to the 2006 National 4-H Conference, March 25 to 30, at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Md. Kuennen, 18, is the daughter of Joe and Tina Kuennen.
Joining Kuennen will be Kevin Peyton of Sac City, Marla Claussen of Bettendorf and Melanie Adam of Sioux City. Diana Cox of Iowa City and Barbara Sauser of Cascade will be attending the conference as adult delegates.
The theme for the 76th annual National 4-H Conference is "Connect 4-H--Let's Get Together!" Delegates will take part in a hands-on service learning project.
"It's an honor to be selected to attend National 4-H Conference," Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H specialist, said. "These delegates excelled in the 4-H program in Iowa and will be sharing some of the outstanding programs Iowa 4-H has with participants across the nation. They also have the opportunity to learn about cutting edge youth development programs from others."
Kuennen, a 10-year 4-H member, has completed several major projects including leadership, citizenship, communications, photography and home improvement. She has received state project awards in leadership, citizenship and communications and was a Youth/Adult Partnership delegate to Washington D.C. Kuennen was a participant in National 4-H Congress and has served in the Iowa State Council for two years. She has also served as president, treasurer and flag girl at her local 4-H club.
"4-H has been the beginning of everything good in my life," Kuennen, a senior at Northwood-Kensett High School, said. "4-H encouraged me to learn by doing and not only to define my goals but gave me the tools to strive for them. The doors 4-H has opened for me have led me to opportunities that aided my career choice, broadened my horizons and gave me the most wonderful friends I could ask for."
Kuennen's trip is sponsored by The Des Moines Register and Monsanto Corporation.
For more information about 4-H, contact the county office of ISU Extension.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com