AMES, Iowa – Drew Ladd of Cass County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23-27. He is sponsored by the Creighton Knau Memorial and KMA Radio. Ladd, 17, is the son of Alan and Christy Ladd of Atlantic.
Ladd 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. Ladd, a senior at Atlantic High School, was chosen for his leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During his 10 years in 4-H, Ladd has completed several major projects including citizenship, leadership, food and nutrition, photography and clothing. At the state fair, he placed in the top 10 percent in clothing selection. Along with this, Ladd received top honors at the county level such as fair king and having projects chosen for state fair in food and nutrition, clothing and leadership. 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 county youth committee. He also has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus. In addition, his family has hosted exchange students from both Kansas and Japan.
“4-H has influenced me in many different ways,” said Ladd. “It has given me skills in public speaking, leadership and life. Through 4-H I’ve met people from around the country and gained confidence to try as many new experiences as I can. It has even influenced my future plans as I explore food science in college.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Cass 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.