Extension News

Cass Is Delegate to National 4-H Conference

3/16/2009

AMES, Iowa – Kelsie Cass of Fontanelle is one of four youth delegates who will represent the state of Iowa at the National 4-H Conference at Chevy Chase, Md., March 28 to April 2.

Cass, a 10-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Mike and Tammie Cass of Fontanelle, Iowa.  She is a senior at Nodaway Valley High School.

The National 4-H Conference, “Pathway to Progress,” will focus on environmental issues and how 4-H can help increase awareness and action, said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H youth specialist. “This conference brings top 4-H’ers from across the country to share ideas to strengthen the 4-H program at the state level and nationally.”

During the conference, delegates will participate in workshops led by fellow 4-H youth and adults, meet with their legislators and inform them about what is happening in the 4-H organization around the country. They also will have the chance to learn of other states’ 4-H successes and are asked to share these ideas with state staff upon return, feedback that usually is very positive.

“4-H has made a tremendous impact in my life.  It has allowed me to build leadership and communication skills, to learn the importance of being a good citizen and to make many connections that I will use throughout my life,” Cass said.

A two-year member of the State 4-H Council, Cass also has attended National 4-H Congress, and serves as an Iowa 4-H Trustee and member of her area 4-H council and local 4-H county council.  Within her club she has served as vice president, secretary, and photographer.

The other youth delegates from Iowa are Megan Logan, 18, Sioux City; Hannah Elliott, 18, Anamosa; and Clara Bergan, 18, Decorah. ISU Extension sends only four per year; youth must apply and be selected to attend.

The adult delegate is Dori Goble of Burlington, a youth field specialist for Des Moines County. She will be sponsored by Grinnell Reinsurance Mutual Foundation while the youth delegates will be sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Monsanto. 

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Contacts :
Brenda Allen, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Caitlyn Miller, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, millercm@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternw@iastate.edu

Kelsie Cass (high resolution photo)