AMES, Iowa--Four Iowa youth will soon head to the National 4-H Conference, “Our Changing World,” at Chevy Chase, Md., March 23 - 28. The delegates take with them 34 years of combined 4-H experience and a strong desire to improve their world.
Two adult delegates will accompany the youth and take part in the conference. All six delegates will present conference workshops. 4-H youth across the nation compete to be selected as delegates to the conference.
“It's an honor to be selected," said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H specialist. "Our delegates excel in the Iowa 4-H program and will share some of our outstanding programs with participants from other states. They also can learn about cutting edge youth development programs from others."
Youth delegates are Beth Baudler, 17, of Fontanelle; Mary Foell, 17, of Schaller; Elizabeth Hill, 18, of Manly and Jon Kempf, 18, of Jamaica. Adult delegates are Pat Beck of Buckingham, an Iowa 4-H Foundation trustee, and Deb Hall of Massena, ISU Extension education director for Adair County.
Hall and Baudler will present a workshop on SOFA, a southwest Iowa program that stands for Speak Out for Agriculture. Beck, Foell, Hill and Kempf will offer a workshop on the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and how it demonstrates a youth-adult partnership.
Iowa’s young delegates see a future of public service ahead of them. Baudler plans to serve the public as a large animal veterinarian, Foell and Kempf see themselves serving through policy making or youth development and Hill plans to be either a culinary teacher or a minister.
Monsanto and the Des Moines Register sponsor the youth delegates. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance is the adult sponsor. (More about the youth delegates and photos)