AMES, Iowa – Ali Bowling of Davis County has been selected to represent Iowa as a delegate for the National 4-H Congress entitled “Accept the Challenge” in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 27 – Dec. 1. One of 22 Iowa youth attending, she is sponsored by the Iowa 4-H Foundation National 4-H Congress Endowment and will get a chance to listen to speakers, participate in workshops and serve the Atlanta community.
“National 4-H Congress is an amazing opportunity for Iowa 4-H’ers,” said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth developmental specialist. “Not only do youth meet delegates from across the country, they also have the opportunity to hear nationally-renowned speakers and participate in thought-provoking workshops.”
The workshop topics include team building, cultural issues and leadership skills, and the community service projects take place in the Atlanta area. Tours of Atlanta, an international night and a trip to the Atlanta History Museum are among other things also included.
Bowling, 17, is the daughter of Steve and Karen Bowling of Bloomfield. Through interviews and evaluation of support materials, she and the other 21 delegates were selected based on their citizenship, leadership and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her eight years in 4-H, Bowling has been involved in the veterinary science, communication, home improvement, leadership and horse project areas while receiving the Shawn Sample Memorial, Emerald Elite, junior leader and agriculture awards at the local level. She has developed numerous skills from these experiences.
“4-H has raised my self esteem through the leadership, citizenship and communication skills I have gained. It has shown me the importance of setting high goals and then working hard to earn them. I have also learned to always strive for improvement,” she said.
A county and state 4-H council member, Bowling also has served as club president and on her county youth committee, the Citizens Advisory Council and the Iowa State Extension Board. She has attended the Iowa 4-H Conference and is currently a senior at Davis County High School
“I’ve been a part of groups of people coming together to accomplish wonderful things, and I’ve learned that leadership and hard work can make big things happen,” she said. “Through the opportunities I’ve had in 4-H, I’ve also decided that I would like to study animal science and agricultural bioengineering.”
Two ISU Extension youth development field specialists, Ray Reynolds and Daleta Christensen, will accompany the Iowa delegates as chaperones.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Davis County office of 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.
Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, email@example.com