AMES, Iowa – Kelsie Cass of Adair County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23-27. She is sponsored by KMA Radio and the Bob Skinner Memorial Endowment. Cass, 16, is the daughter of Mike and Tammie Cass of Fontanelle.
Cass 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. Cass, a junior at Nodaway Valley High School, was chosen for her leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her eight years in 4-H, Cass has completed several major projects including leadership, sheep, personal development, agriculture and natural resources and food and nutrition. She has received state 4-H honors including a state sheep project award and being an Iowa 4-H Foundation youth trustee. Along with these, Cass received top awards at the county level such as the Golden Apple Award, 4-H Spirit Award, outstanding intermediate, the President’s Community Service Award and outstanding senior working exhibit. She also has been the secretary of her 4-H club. She has served on her county, area and state 4-H councils and also has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has helped me develop leadership, citizenship and communication skills,” said Cass. “Using the skills I have gained, I am now able to not only see what I need to do, but also be able to address others’ needs as well. I have learned the importance of citizenship, responsibility and respect. I am grateful for the opportunities 4-H has given me.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Adair 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.