AMES, Iowa – Sterling Schnepf of O’Brien 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.
Schnepf, 17, is the daughter of Richard and Sharon Schnepf of Granville. 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, Schnepf has been involved in the beef, leadership, photography and communication project areas while receiving top 10 percent recognition in fashion revue at the state fair twice. She also has received junior, intermediate and senior record book awards at the local level.
Schnepf has served as club president and vice president and on her county youth committee. A county, area and state 4-H council member, she has attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and is currently a senior at Spalding Catholic High School.
Two ISU Extension youth development field specialists, Ray Reynolds and Daleta Christensen, also will accompany the Iowa delegates as chaperones.
For more information about 4-H, contact the O’Brien 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