AMES, Iowa – Laura Medlang 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.
Medlang, 16, is the daughter of Morris and Jenelle Medlang of Kensett. 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, Medlang has been involved in the home improvement, leadership, horticulture and citizenship project areas while receiving a state 4-H horse project award. She also has been awarded top achievement in projects, “I Dare You” leadership and club historian of the year honors at the local level.
“I have learned how to help others and be a better leader through my 4-H projects,” she said.
In addition to projects, Medlang has served on her county, area and state 4-H councils and as club vice president. The current senior at Northwood-Kensett High School also has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has helped me to gain skills that I can use in the future as I go to college and start a life of my own. It has influenced me in many ways and is the reason why I am who I am today,” 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