AMES, Iowa – Briar Tenold 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.
Tenold, 17, is the daughter of Lynn and Mindy Tenold 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 eight years in 4-H, Tenold has been involved in the leadership, citizenship, communication and clothing project areas while receiving a state 4-H beef project award. She has also participated in the state 4-H meats judging contest and received an “I Dare You” leadership award and Iowa Animal Science Roundup scholarship.
“Right when I think I have had the best 4-H experience possible, another opportunity presents itself, and it just gets better,” she said.
In addition to projects, Tenold has served on her county 4-H council and attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. A junior at Northwood-Kensett High School, she is honored and excited to attend the congress.
“I am so proud that I will be representing my state at the National 4-H Congress. I can’t wait to learn about the culture, 4-H and extension changes in other states so that I can share what I’ve learned when I return home,” she said. “This is such a learning opportunity, and I will take leadership, citizenship, communication skills and pride into my future.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, email@example.com