AMES, Iowa – Laura Marnin of Adair 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.
Marnin, 17, is the daughter of Allen and Susan Marnin of Greenfield. 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 eight years in 4-H, Marnin has been involved in the food and nutrition, home improvement and child development project areas while receiving a state 4-H clothing project award and modeling self-constructed dresses at the Iowa State Fair twice.
“I used to be so shy, but 4-H has provided me with a lot of opportunities to get out of my comfort zone,” she said. “I have learned to be outgoing, and I hope to take leadership and communication skills with me in the future.”
In addition to projects, Marnin has served as club vice president and on her county 4-H council. She also has completed a number of service projects which have helped her focus on a career path.
“Volunteering with Clover Kids and working as an Americorps worker have made me realize that I want to be an elementary teacher,” the current senior at Nodaway Valley High School 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 Adair 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