AMES, Iowa – Kali Short of Story 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.
Short, 17, is the daughter Duane and Natalie Short of Ames. 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 10 years in 4-H, Short has been involved in the photography, food and nutrition, clothing and visual arts project areas. She is most, proud, however, of her achievements in the horse project area, which have included presentations and serving as a counselor at Junior Horse Camp and Wednesday night horse school.
“After being a counselor and being able to share my experiences with others, I have learned how to help others reach their potential, and I hope this will continue in the future,” she said.
In addition to projects, Short has served as club president and vice president and on her county, area and state 4-H councils. She also has attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has given me the confidence and the tools I need to actively pursue my dreams and become the person I want to be,” the current senior at Ames 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 Story 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