AMES, Iowa – Kyle Anderson of Emmet County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23-27. He is sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation. Anderson, 17, is the son of Layne and Kim Anderson of Estherville.
Anderson 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. Anderson, a senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School, was chosen for his leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During his eight years in 4-H, Anderson has completed several major projects including beef, breeding beef, market swine, market sheep and breeding sheep. At the state fair, he placed third in oral reasons judging and participated in Share-the-Fun. Along with these, Anderson received the sheep and beef gold awards at the county level. He has been the treasurer and secretary of his 4-H club. He has served on his county, area and state 4-H councils and also has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has influenced me in countless ways, but the most important ways have been in communication, leadership and responsibility,” said Anderson. “4-H has taught me great speaking and presenting skills as well as interview techniques. It has also taught me time management and organization. The skills I learned through 4-H will definitely help me when I apply for pharmacy school and in job interviews later in life.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Emmet 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.