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.
Caitlyn Miller, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, firstname.lastname@example.org
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