AMES, Iowa – Nicole Sandven of Webster County has been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23-27. She is sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Life Charitable Trust and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. Sandven, 16, is the daughter of Wayne Sandven and Tammy Sandven of Fort Dodge.
Sandven 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. Sandven, a junior at Fort Dodge Senior High School, was chosen for her leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her seven years in 4-H, Sandven has completed several major projects including dog, home improvement, food and nutrition, rabbit and photography. At the county level, she received junior, intermediate and senior achievement awards. She has been the reporter of her 4-H club. She has served on her county 4-H council and also has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has made me want to be a better person,” said Sandven. “It’s taught me that I can walk up to someone and start a conversation and be more outgoing in general. It has also helped me with my writing and speaking skills. I am considering a major in journalism or medicine because of my 4-H experiences.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Webster 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.