AMES, Iowa – Allie Ford of Mills County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23-27. She is sponsored by the Bob Skinner Memorial and the Creighton Knau Memorial. Ford, 17, is the daughter of Mark and Sherry Ford of Malvern.
Ford 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. Ford, a senior at Glenwood Community High School, was chosen for her leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her eight years in 4-H, Ford has completed several major projects including citizenship, leadership, communication, clothing and food and nutrition. At the state level, she received a state 4-H citizenship project award. She has received many top awards at the county level such as Danforth 4-Square Leadership, the Jack Boeven Outstanding Intermediate, outstanding citizenship and leadership. She also has been the president, secretary and reporter of her 4-H club. She has served on her county, area and state 4-H councils, her county youth committee, and has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus.
“4-H has given me many opportunities to learn how to be a good leader, a better communicator and how to be an active citizen in my community,” said Ford. “Through 4-H I have had experiences that have helped me grow. I have been able to meet people from all over and will cherish those friendships and experiences for the rest of my life.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Mills 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.