AMES, Iowa – Laura Tempus 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.
Tempus, 18, is the daughter of Doug and Joyce Tempus of Northwood. 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, Tempus has been involved in the clothing, food and nutrition, communication and visual arts project areas while receiving blue ribbons for photography projects at the state fair. She also has earned county project awards in both horticulture and photography and record-book recognition at the local level.
“I am most proud of the growth and leadership in my photography project areas. I have led a working exhibit on photography and have stepped up to lead a special interest group in the project area for my county,” she said. “From these experiences I have learned communication and leadership skills that will help me with my future plans.”
In addition to projects, Tempus has served as club president and a county 4-H council member. She has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship-Washington Focus and is currently a senior at Northwood-Kensett High School.
“4-H has made me a more confident and outgoing person and helped me make new friends and lasting relationships with my peers,” she said. “It has also helped sharpen my communication skills. Without 4-H, I wouldn’t know how to talk at an interview or present information for a working exhibit.”
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, email@example.com
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