Iowa Delegates to 2012 National 4-H Congress Announced

AMES, Iowa – Twenty-one 4-H’ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates for the National 4-H Congress, entitled “Become a Catalyst of Change,” in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23 – 27.

The Iowa Farm Bureau and donors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation National 4-H Congress Endowment sponsor the youth. Iowa delegates will get a chance to listen to speakers, participate in workshops and serve the Atlanta community.

Karen Pattison and Earl McAlexander, 4-H program specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will accompany and chaperone the 21 young people.

Adair County 4-H’er Chisum Downing, Creston, is the son of Steve and Karen Downing.

An eight-year 4-H member, Downing has been involved in the beef, food and nutrition, leadership and citizenship project areas. He has served as president, vice president and treasurer of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Through 4-H, I have learned so many new things and I have met so many new people,” said Downing.

[PHOTO] Chisum Downing

Boone County 4-H’er Carissa Brown, Boone, is the daughter of David and Annette Brown.

A nine-year 4-H member, Brown has been involved in the camping, leadership, communication, citizenship and photography project areas. She has served as president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, historian and flag bearer of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council, Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me grow as a person,” said Brown.

[PHOTO] Carissa Brown

Calhoun County 4-H’er Raeann Hanlon, Churdan, is the daughter of Eugenia Hamilton.

An eight-year 4-H member, Hanlon has been involved in the communication, child development, personal development, clothing and sheep project areas. She has served as president and historian of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has helped influence me in many ways,” Hanlon said. “It has helped strengthen and build me as a person by giving me leadership skills, communication skills, citizenship skills and much more.”

[PHOTO] Raeann Hanlon

Hamilton County 4-H’er Jan Ryherd, Webster City, is the daughter of Dan and Donna Ryherd.

A nine-year 4-H member, Ryherd has been involved in the rabbit, food and nutrition, citizenship, leadership and visual art project areas. She has served as historian, secretary, treasurer, reporter, vice president and president of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council, her county youth committee, Citizenship-Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H taught me communication skills, which will help me as I pursue a career in broadcasting,” said Ryherd.

[PHOTO] Jan Ryherd

Hancock County 4-H’er Ashley Smeby, Klemme, is the daughter of Todd and Tracy Smeby.

A seven-year 4-H member, Smeby has been involved in the communication, personal development, home improvement, food and nutrition and visual art project areas. She has served as secretary of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Through 4-H, I have had many opportunities,” said Smeby.

[PHOTO] Ashely Smeby

Harrison County 4-H’er Emily Dickinson, Logan, is the daughter of Dave and Mary Dickinson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Dickinson has been involved in the communication, home improvement, leadership, citizenship and photography project areas. She has served as president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“I have been surrounded by 4-H my entire life, and the program deserves full credit for composing the person I am and am becoming,” said Dickinson.

[PHOTO] Emily Dickinson

Linn County 4-H’er Paul Elliot, Anamosa, is the son of Jill Elliot.

A nine-year 4-H member, Elliot has been involved in the communication, home improvement, child development and personal development project areas. He has served as president, secretary, recreation leader and historian of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council, his area 4-H council, his county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Technology team.

“4-H is all about pressing on and making your best better,” Elliot said. “4-H allows youth across the country and throughout the world to be rewarded for a job well done and to learn from their experiences.”

[PHOTO] Paul Elliot

Linn County 4-H’er Tymbrie Snobl, Central City, is the daughter of Gary and Barb Snobl.

A six-year 4-H member, Snobl has been involved in the cat, horse, horticulture, food and sewing project areas. She has served as vice president, secretary, reporter and historian of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, her county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has made me who I am today,” said Snobl.

[PHOTO] Tymbrie Snobl

Madison County 4-H’er Katriana Langholz, Cumming, is the daughter of Kelly and Becky Langholz.

An eight-year 4-H member, Langholz has been involved in the photography, visual art and communication project areas. She has served as reporter, secretary and vice president of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“My 4-H experience has shaped who I am and will help me reach for my college goals,” said Langholz.

[PHOTO] Katriana Langholz

Marion County 4-H’er Carrie Adrian, Knoxville, is the daughter of Mark Adrian and Liz Adrian.

An eight-year 4-H member, Adrian has been involved in the food and nutrition, photography, visual art, clothing and leadership project areas. She has served as treasurer, president, vice president and record keeper of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has opened up many new doors for me,” said Adrian.

[PHOTO] Carrie Adrian

Mills County 4-H’er Mitchell Bowden, Glenwood, is the son of Mike and Stephanie Bowden.

A three-year 4-H member, Bowden has been involved in the shooting sports, archery, outdoor adventures, leadership and citizenship project areas. He has served as vice president of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council, his county youth committee and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

[PHOTO] Mitchell Bowden

Muscatine County 4-H’er Anna Brooks, Blue Grass, is the daughter of Russell and Diane Brooks.

An eight-year 4-H member, Brooks has been involved in the bucket calf, dog, sheep, photography and food and nutrition project areas. She has served as president, vice president, treasurer and historian of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has influenced my ability to make goals, keep records and communicate with others,” said Brooks.

[PHOTO] Anna Brooks

Sac County 4-H’er Renae Drey, Early, is the daughter of Dean and Deb Drey.

A seven-year 4-H member, Drey has been involved in the food and nutrition, consumer management, citizenship, leadership and communication project areas. She has served as club secretary. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has taught me how important it is to be involved in the community and how to be a better leader,” said Drey.

[PHOTO] Renae Drey

Sac County 4-H’er Tyler Pickhinke, Early, is the son of Steve and Tracy Pickhinke.

A seven-year 4-H member, Pickhinke has been involved in the communication, leadership, citizenship, visual art and beef project areas. He has served as treasurer, reporter and vice president of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council, state 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Technology Team and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me become a better citizen and leader,” said Pickhinke.

[PHOTO] Tyler Pickhinke

Washington County 4-H’er Lexi Marek, Riverside, is the daughter of Tim and Heather Marek.

A nine-year 4-H member, Marek has been involved in the swine, cattle, fashion review, home improvement and consumer management project areas. She has served as president, vice president, reporter and historian of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has given me amazing experiences,” Marek said. “I have met great people, traveled to various places and learned important skills."

[PHOTO] Lexi Marek

Webster County 4-H’er Rebecca Nellis, Fort Dodge, is the daughter of Jeff and Ruth Nellis.

A seven-year 4-H member, Nellis has been involved in the citizenship, food and nutrition, leadership, communication and clothing project areas. She has served as vice president, secretary, reporter, historian, photographer and recreation leader of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council, her county youth committee, Citizenship –Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has made me a better person in many ways,” Nellis said. “I have gained confidence through public speaking and leadership roles.”

[PHOTO] Rebecca Nellis

Webster County 4-H’er Sarah Rethwisch, Fort Dodge, is the daughter of Steven and Mary Rethwisch.

A nine-year 4-H member, Rethwisch has been involved in the food and nutrition, communication, clothing, visual art and photography project areas. She has served as president, vice president, treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, Citizenship –Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

[PHOTO] Sarah Rethwisch

Worth County 4-H’er Lisa Irons, Northwood, is the daughter of Dave and Patty Irons.

A nine-year 4-H member, Irons has been involved in the beef, clothing, food and nutrition, home improvement and photography project areas. She has served as secretary, reporter and communication person of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“As a person, 4-H has made me more outgoing,” Irons said. “I don’t fear talking to new people or making new friends like I did before joining 4-H. Now, I look forward to it.”

[PHOTO] Lisa Irons

Worth County 4-H’er Kelci Larson, Northwood, is the daughter of Larry and Karla Larson.

An eight-year 4-H member, Larson has been involved in the beef, horse, photography, visual art and personal development project areas. She has served as treasurer, vice president and president of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has given me many life changing opportunities to make friends and learn more about the world around me,” said Larson.

[PHOTO] Kelci Larson

Worth County 4-H’er Amy Prestholt, Manly, is the daughter of Dave and Linda Prestholt.

An eight-year 4-H member, Prestholt has been involved in the leadership, communication, dog, horse and sheep project areas. She has served as reporter, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county and area 4-H councils, state 4-H council, her county youth committee, National 4-H Conference and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has made me the person I am today by allowing me to realize and achieve my full potential,” said Prestholt.

[PHOTO] Amy Prestholt

Worth County 4-H’er Matt Tweeten, Kensett, is the son of Brian and Julie Tweeten.

A nine-year 4-H member, Tweeten has been involved in the sheep, horse, dog, animal science and science and technology project areas. He has served as president, secretary, treasurer, reporter and historian of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council, state 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has taught me all the necessary skills I need to succeed in life, whether through communications, leadership or simply knowing how to work hard,” said Tweeten.

[PHOTO] Matt Tweeten

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