AMES, Iowa – Austin Ehlers of Buena Vista 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, he 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.
Ehlers, 16, is the son of Brent and Carol Ehlers of Storm Lake. Through interviews and evaluation of support materials, he and the other 21 delegates were selected based on their citizenship, leadership and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During his seven years in 4-H, Ehlers has been involved in the leadership, communications and food and nutrition project areas while receiving state 4-H project awards in both beef and citizenship. He has helped with Adopt-A-Highway ditch clean-up programs, refurbished a 4-H publications file for his public library and served as a host for the 4-H Exchange program among other 4-H experiences.
Ehlers has served as a county 4-H council member, on the National 4-H Technology GPS/GIS Leadership Team, as the northwest 4-H technology team treasurer and as his club’s president. He also has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and represented Iowa at the Denver Western Regional Livestock Judging contest.
“Being able to attend the National 4-H Congress is an honor,” said the current junior at Sioux Central High School. “I look forward to another national experience to better serve my community.”
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 Buena Vista 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