AMES, Iowa – Gina Wallace of Adair 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.
Wallace, 17, is the daughter of David and Connie Wallace of Greenfield. 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, Wallace has been involved in the home improvement, rabbit and horse project areas while modeling clothing selection projects and receiving a seal of merit on a working exhibit, both at the state fair. She also has received county and state project awards in the food and nutrition project area and earned several blue ribbons at the state fair, which has helped her narrow down her future career interests.
“My favorite project area, food and nutrition, will benefit me in the future by eating healthy, keeping fit and helping others. Plus I’m considering majoring in dietetics at college,” the current senior at Nodaway Valley High School said.
In addition to projects, Wallace has served as club president and vice president and on her county 4-H council. She also has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
“4-H has given me confidence in myself and my own leadership and teaching skills. I like helping kids learn and use new skills and information in their everyday life,” she said. “It has also taught me skills that I will use for the rest of my life.”
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 Adair County office of Iowa State University (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