AMES, Iowa – Emily Schmitz of Buchanan 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 Kent Feeds, Inc. Schmitz, 17, is the daughter of Jackie and the late Denny Schmitz of Indenpendence.
Schmitz 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. Schmitz, a senior at Independence High School, was chosen for her leadership, citizenship and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her nine years in 4-H, Schmitz has completed several major projects including dairy goats, animal science, veterinary science, home improvement and visual arts. At the state level, she has received the Norman E. Borlog 4-H Centennial Award. Along with this, Schmitz received top awards at the county level such as overall achievement award and outstanding dairy project member. She has been the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. She also has been a participant at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“I can’t put into words how much my 4-H experience means to me,” said Schmitz. “The number of friends and lifelong memories I have gained from 4-H is amazing. I can’t wait to join Collegiate 4-H and continue my 4-H experience.”
For more information about 4-H, contact the Buchanan 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.