AMES, Iowa-- Marla Claussen, Bettendorf, 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. Claussen, 18, is the daughter of Kathy and Dale Claussen.
Joining Claussen will be Kevin Peyton of Sac City, Melanie Adam of Sioux City and Laura Kuennen of Northwood. 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."
Claussen, a nine-year 4-H member, has received a state project award in photography, State Fair Showmanship Award in swine and served on the State Fair camera corps. Claussen served on the Iowa State 4-H Council last year and is the current Scott County Pork Queen. She has also served as president, vice-president, secretary, photographer, reporter and historian at her local 4-H club.
"Head. Heart. Hands. Health. That's what 4-H stands for. These four words cannot even begin to explain what 4-H is really about," said Claussen, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. "Over the years I have made so many friends and acquaintances from all over the state. It has enhanced my citizenship, leadership, responsibility and work ethic and really made me appreciate my life and the world around me. 4-H has given me so many opportunities and shaped me to be who I am today."
Claussen'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, firstname.lastname@example.org