AMES, Iowa – Jacob Shelton of Webster 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.
Shelton, 17, is the son of Mike and Deb Shelton of Duncombe. 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 nine years in 4-H, Shelton has been involved in the visual arts, home improvement and numerous livestock project areas while exhibiting a family heritage project at the state fair and receiving county project awards in aerospace and photography.
“Without 4-H, I would have never been able to develop such a passion for animals, as I have participated in the poultry, rabbit, dog, sheep, horse and pony, swine and goat project areas,” he said. “Because of 4-H I have also had the opportunity to visit the campus of Iowa State University, and through the many activities I have been influenced to pursue a career in veterinary science.”
A current senior at Fort Dodge High School, Shelton has served as club president, a county 4-H council member and county youth committee member, and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. His most rewarding achievements, however, have been as a three-year member of the Iowa 4-H Technology Team.
“Being a member of Iowa’s 4-H Technology Team for a third year is one of my major accomplishments,” he said. “I am proud of the skills I have gained and friends I have made while working on projects for it.”
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 Webster 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