AMES, Iowa – Preston Gable of O’Brien 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 Poultry Association and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation. Gable, 18, is the son of Stan and Lynette Gable of Hartley.
Gable 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. Gable, a senior at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, was chosen for his leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During his nine years in 4-H, Gable has completed several major projects including communication, leadership, beef and poultry. At the state fair, he received an award of excellence in an educational presentation and received blue ribbons in food and nutrition and agriculture and natural resources. Along with these, Gable received record keeping and project awards at the county level. He has been the president, vice president and secretary of his 4-H club. He has served on his county and area 4-H councils and has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has provided me with life skills that I can carry with me for the rest of my life,” said Gable. “Citizenship projects have made me more aware of my responsibility as a citizen to help others and also has given me an awareness of how important it is to give to others. Through 4-H I have grown into a more confident and well-rounded person and I now have insight into the opportunities I have for the future. I plan to attend Iowa State University and major in Agricultural Engineering.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the O’Brien 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.