AMES, Iowa – Elizabeth Feilmeier of Sac 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.
Feilmeier, 16, is the daughter of Dale and Mary Feilmeier of Early. 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 five years in 4-H, Feilmeier has been involved in the citizenship and leadership project areas while receiving merit awards at the state fair for both a presentation and a working exhibit. She also has been awarded top senior $15 challenge, top senior fashion revue, top senior Pride of Iowa and top extemporaneous speaking honors at the local level and sees her involvement in the visual arts project area as a major asset to her future.
“I have done many visual arts projects that have taught me about all of the art elements, which will help me when I go to college and major in art,” the current junior at Schaller-Crestland High School said.
In addition to projects, Feilmeier has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and served as club vice president and a county and area 4-H council member.
“I’ve learned a lot about writing applications and being interviewed in this process, which are both skills that will help me in the future,” she said. “4-H has also taught me a lot of life skills such as leadership and communication.”
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 Sac 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