AMES, Iowa – Cassie Ford of Mills 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.
Ford, 17, is the daughter of Mark and Sherry Ford of Malvern. 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 nine years in 4-H, Ford has been involved in the photography, visual arts, citizenship, horse and food and nutrition project areas while receiving the outstanding intermediate and “I Dare You” leadership awards at the local level. She also has competed for five years with her horse quiz bowl team at the state level and recently qualified to represent Iowa at the national competition in 2010.
“4-H has given me many opportunities and experiences in my town, county, area, state and now nation,” she said. “I have been given the chance to work with several species of animals, which will help me on my way to becoming a veterinarian.”
In addition to projects, Ford has served on her county youth committee, on her county, area and state 4-H council and as president and vice-president of her club. She also has attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and taken advantage of the numerous opportunities to improve her skills and meet new people.
“I have become a much better communicator and leader through 4-H, and I have been able to meet lots of new friends throughout Iowa,” said the senior at Glenwood Community High School.
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 Mills 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