AMES, Iowa – Sarah Hovey of Worth 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.
Hovey, 17, is the daughter of Larry and Donna Hovey of Northwood. 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, Hovey has been involved in the food and nutrition, woodworking, clothing and visual arts project areas and has received several blue ribbons at the state fair. She also has earned a state 4-H citizenship project award and the top record book award at the local level.
“4-H has influenced me to become the leader that I am. It built confidence through the different projects that I have done and developed my communication skills when doing educational presentations,” she said. “It has also prepared me for interviews when applying for a job and helped me learn how to work with different people.”
A county 4-H council member, Hovey has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and is currently a senior at Northwood-Kensett High School who looks forward to attending the conference.
“I am most proud of the fact that I will get to go to Atlanta, learn about the different cultures and bring them back to my community, local 4-H clubs and school,” she said.
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 Worth 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