Four Iowa Youth Head to 2014 National 4-H Conference



AMES, Iowa – Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 5-10 in Washington, D.C.

Raeann Hanlon, Calhoun County; Paul Elliott, Linn County; and Renae Drey and Tyler Pickhinke, Sac County, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program, said Cayla Taylor, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth program coordinator.

Sponsoring the 4-H’ers' trip to the nation’s capital are the Des Moines Register; David and Valerie Pace, Roseville, Minn.; Harry and Phyllis Davis, Williamsport, Md., and donors to the Chuck Morris Retirement Honorarium.

Jane Hayes-Johnk, an ISU Extension and Outreach regional 4-H youth program specialist, will serve as the youths’ chaperone.

ISU Extension and Outreach sends four delegates per year, and the candidates are eligible to attend National 4-H Conference once. Delegates must submit an application and interview for the opportunity to attend National 4-H Conference.

“It is an honor to be selected to attend National 4-H Conference,” said Taylor. “Delegates are selected based on their involvement in 4-H, as well as their leadership and communication skills. The conference brings top 4-H’ers from across the country to share ideas to strengthen the 4-H program nationally and at the state level.”

Calhoun County 4-H’er Raeann Hanlon, 17, is the daughter of Eugenia Hamilton. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in child development, communication, leadership, sewing and sheep projects. She has participated in her county 4-H council and National 4-H Congress.

She is a senior at Prairie Valley High School.

Linn County 4-H’er Paul Elliott, 18, is the son of Jill Elliott. A nine-year 4-H member, he has participated in child development, citizenship, communication, home improvement, and music projects. He has participated in state, area and county 4-H councils, his county youth committee, National 4-H Congress and 4-H Technology teams.

He is a senior through the Marion Home School Assistance Program.

Sac County 4-H’er Renae Drey, 18, is the daughter of Dean and Deb Drey. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, communication, consumer management, food and nutrition, and leadership projects. She has participated in state and county 4-H councils, her county 4-H committee, National 4-H Congress, and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

She is a senior at St. Mary’s in Storm Lake.

Sac County 4-H’er Tyler Pickhinke, 18, is the son of Steve and Tracy Pickhinke. An eight-year 4-H member, he has participated in beef, citizenship, communication, leadership and visual arts projects. He has participated in state and county 4-H councils, National 4-H Congress, Iowa 4-H Technology Team and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

He is a senior at Ridgeview High School.

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[PHOTO] Raeann Hanlon

[PHOTO] Paul Elliott

[PHOTO] Renae Drey

[PHOTO] Tyler Pickhinke

[PHOTO] Jane Hayes-Johnk