AMES, Iowa – Adam Dreeszen of Ida 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 Farm Bureau Life Charitable Trust. Dreeszen, 18, is the son of Roger and Mary Dreeszen of Cushing.
Dreeszen 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. Dreeszen, a senior at Galva-Holstein High School, was chosen for his leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During his eight years in 4-H, Dreeszen has completed several major projects including citizenship, communication, swine, meat goat and self determined. At the state fair, he has received seals of excellence in presentations and blue ribbons on projects. Along with these, Dreeszen received top awards at the county level such as outstanding 4-H’er, top Share-the-Fun, top educational presentation, the Danforth “I Dare You” leadership award, and top extemporaneous speaking. He has been the president, vice president and historian 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 and Citizenship-Washington Focus.
“4-H has influenced me by teaching me life skills, responsibility and citizenship,” said Dreeszen. “I have learned responsibility for myself, my family and my community. 4-H has taught me leadership and citizenship through project work and community service. Though I’m not certain of my future, I know that whatever I choose as a career, the skills I’ve learned in 4-H will serve me well.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Ida 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.