AMES, Iowa – Caitlin Andersen of Shelby County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23-27. She is sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Life Charitable Trust and the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board Endowment. Andersen, 16, is the daughter of Bob and Toni Andersen of Kirkman.
Andersen will join 22 other youth from Iowa at the leadership conference, entitled "Accept the Challenge." Iowa's Congress delegates are selected through interviews and evaluation of support materials. Andersen, a junior at Harlan Community High School, was chosen for her leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her nine years in 4-H, Andersen has completed several major projects including visual arts, photography, personal development, clothing and issues. She has been an exhibitor at the Iowa State Fair for six years in visual arts, photography and communication. Along with these, Andersen received top awards at the county level such as the Greg Obhrect Memorial Award, top senior clothing award, Share-the Fun champion and project awards in health, photography, visual arts, clothing, issues and self determined. She has been the historian, treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. She has served on her county 4-H council and youth committee and also has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“The 4-H program has truly made me a well-rounded person who strives to achieve the highest level of integrity and achievement in all areas of my life,” said Andersen. “Through 4-H I have developed character and life skills that have helped me become an individual with high standards and goals.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Shelby County office of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension. 4-H in Iowa is administered through the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.