AMES, Iowa – MacKenzie Dreeszen of Johnson 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.
Dreeszen, 17, is the daughter of Randy and Paula Dreeszen of Iowa City. 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 seven years in 4-H, Dreeszen has been involved in the clothing, citizenship, food and nutrition and home improvement project areas and has received a state child development project award. She also has earned top-10-percent recognition in fashion revue and a seal of excellence for extemporaneous speaking, both at the state fair, while helping chair committees for Clover Kid workshops and serve meals at the Iowa City Shelter House for the Homeless.
“I have gained many skills through 4-H – leadership, citizenship and communication to name a few,” the senior said. “As a home-schooled student, 4-H has enriched my education by providing hands-on experiences that coordinated with academics.”
A county, area and state 4-H council member, Dreeszen has served as club president, a county youth committee member and a host for the 4-H exchange program and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. She is most proud of serving on the state 4-H council and plans to go into a nutrition-based career because of 4-H.
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 Johnson 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