AMES, Iowa – Colin Ryan of Hamilton 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, he 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.
Ryan, 16, is the son of Doug and Pam Ryan of Webster City. Through interviews and evaluation of support materials, he and the other 21 delegates were selected based on their citizenship, leadership and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During his seven years in 4-H, Ryan has been involved in the safety and agriculture and natural resources project areas while earning a state 4-H poultry project award and four seals of excellence for educational presentations at the state fair. He also has received first place intermediate rabbit showmanship honors at the state level and local project awards in fishing, science and technology, poultry and camping.
Ryan has served on his county youth committee, county and area 4-H councils and the Iowa 4-H Technology Team for two years.
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 Hamilton 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