Four youth and two adult delegates will represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference March 23-28. Here are the youth delegates:
Beth Baudler, a seven-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Clifton and Sondra Baudler and a senior at Nodaway Valley High School. She plans to enroll at Iowa State in pre-veterinary medicine.
“4-H has had a huge impact on my career choice. I have always loved working with animals, but 4-H gave me that ultimate hands-on experience working on my livestock projects and helped me see the importance of veterinarians in the world.”
A leadership award winner, she has served as president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club, the Summerset Citizens, as well as on county, area and state 4-H councils. In school she has served as president of her class and student council, as captain of sports teams and as drum major in band. She also was named a distinguished finalist in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program and a Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student.
Mary Foell, a 10-year 4-H member, is the daughter of William and Laura Foell and a senior at Schaller-Crestland High School. She plans to attend Iowa State and major in public service administration in agriculture. She plans to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in every day life and advocate for public policy on agriculture that is based on sound science.
“As a teenager in a fast-paced world, I have become more in tune to the problems and concerns of others through my 4-H projects and experiences,” she said. “I have been able to be part of the solution to problems of hunger and environmental pollution.”
A leadership project award winner, Foell has served her club as president, junior leader, secretary, treasurer and reporter and has served on the county, area and state 4-H councils.
Elizabeth Hill, an eight-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Eric and Alison Hill, and a dual-enrolled home school student and senior at Northwood-Kensett High School. She plans to study for the ministry or study foods at a culinary arts school or possibly Iowa State.
Giving 4-H presentations helped Hill realize how much she enjoys demonstrating culinary arts. Her first entry at the county level was baking bread from scratch. “I was incredibly nervous,” she said, but went on to earn top honors. Hill plans to pursue a future in broadcast cooking programs, culinary teaching or the ministry.
A leadership project award winner, she said, “4-H has taught me how to be a leader by giving me opportunities to learn and put what I’ve learned into action.” She has served in several offices for her club and on the county, area and state 4-H councils. A delegate to the 2005 National Congress, she was selected as one of seven youth to partner with adults to plan the 2006 event and welcome the 1,000 participants in Atlanta, Ga.
Jon Kempf, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Robert and Lisa Kempf, and a January 2007, graduate of Panorama High School. He plans to attend Iowa State University and major in public service and administration in agriculture. His main interest is in positive youth development with non-profit organizations.
Leadership roles include serving as co-chair and two-year member of the state 4-H council, serving as a trustee on the Iowa 4-H Foundation and serving in several offices for his 4-H club. He has been named an outstanding 4-H’er at all membership levels.
“I am living my dream right now to be a 4-H’er every day,” he said, referring to his current appointment as a program assistant at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. His career goals also are in 4-H. “I had always heard ‘do something you love and you will never work another day in your life.’ I love 4-H and want to be the director of the Iowa 4-H Program.” But if plans change, he said, “My one true goal is simple but yet hard to achieve; as cliché as it might sound, I just want to leave this world knowing I made a difference.” (Back to original story)