Iowa Delegates to the 2013 National 4-H Congress Announced

AMES, Iowa — Nineteen 4-H’ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates to the 2013 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. The event will take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 and is the 92nd year of National 4-H Congress, titled “Passport to Excellence.”

National 4-H Congress is an opportunity for leaders in 4-H to meet and learn from each other. The event recognizes the delegates' outstanding leadership and community work, and is one of the highest honors in 4-H. Events will include keynote speakers, tours of Atlanta, service work around the city, workshops, and an international banquet and formal gala.

“This is one of the highest recognition opportunities for senior 4-H’ers in Iowa,” said Cayla Taylor, state 4-H program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “These youth were selected because they have demonstrated exceptional skills in leadership, citizenship and overall achievement.” 

Major donors supporting the youth delegates' trip to National 4-H Congress include the estate of Marvin Walter, Ames; Iowa Farm Bureau; Iowa Poultry Association; Bryan and Allison Whaley; and donors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation National 4-H Congress Endowment.

The Iowa delegates are from  Adair, Benton, Boone, Crawford, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, Linn, Madison, Polk, Sac and Worth counties.

Adair County 4-H’er McKenna Davenport, Adair, is the daughter of Derek and Beth Davenport.

A nine-year 4-H member, Davenport has been involved in the photography, child development, leadership, food and nutrition and home improvement project areas. She has served as historian, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club. Davenport has participated in her county 4-H council and youth committee.

“4-H has taught me to be organized, to be a leader, and to communicate in front of a group,” said Davenport.

[PHOTO] McKenna Davenport

Benton County 4-H’er Kristen Lowe, Dysart, is the daughter of Tom and Teresa Lowe.

A seven-year member of 4-H, Lowe has been involved in the communication, sewing, photography, clothing and child development project areas. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. Lowe has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“In the future, I hope my success through 4-H inspires more youth to join 4-H and achieve all of the opportunities this organization has to offer,” said Lowe.

[PHOTO] Kristen Lowe

Boone County 4-H’er Kenton Reece, Boone, is the son of Tim and Robyn Reece.

An eight-year 4-H member, Reece has been involved in the dog, woodworking, clothing, food and nutrition and leadership project areas. He has served as the president, vice president and historian of his 4-H club. Reece has participated in his county 4-H council, Citizenship Washington Focus, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and the 4-H exchange program.

“I have tried many experiences I would not have, if not for 4-H,” said Reece.

[PHOTO] Kenton Reece

Crawford County 4-H’er Matt Staley, Charter Oak, is the son of Rick and Julie Staley.

An eight-year member of 4-H, Staley has been involved in the communication, electrical, woodworking, leadership and citizenship project areas. He has served as president of his 4-H club. Staley has participated in his county 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and state 4-H council.

“4-H has done nothing but improve who I am as a person,” said Staley.

[PHOTO] Matt Staley

Greene County 4-H’er Kami Badger, Bagley, is the daughter of Jen and Brent Badger.

An eight-year 4-H member, Badger has been involved in the beef, photography, food and nutrition, personal development and clothing project areas. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. Badger has participated in her county 4-H council, Citizenship Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me gain confidence, communication, leadership and citizenship skills,” said Badger.

[PHOTO] Kami Badger

Hamilton County 4-H’er Morgan Shannon, Webster City, is the daughter of Amy and Dan Shannon.

An eight-year 4-H member, Shannon has been involved in the photography, food and nutrition, communication, home improvement and sewing project areas. She has served as president, treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. Shannon has participated in her county 4-H council and Citizenship-Washington Focus.

“4-H has helped me become a better leader in my community,” said Shannon.

[PHOTO] Morgan Shannon

Johnson County 4-H’er Stetsen Greiner, Williamsburg, is the son of Sid and Mary Greiner.

A seven-year member of 4-H, Greiner has been involved in the sheep, goat, computer and photography project areas. He has served as president and vice president for his 4-H club. Greiner has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference along with Animal Science Roundup and CSI: Crops.

“4-H has provided many opportunities to meet people and create lasting friendships,” said Greiner.

[PHOTO] Stetsen Greiner

Johnson County 4-H’er Rachel Haugland, Solon, is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland.

A seven-year member of 4-H, Haugland has been involved in the food and nutrition, dog, rabbit, horticulture and clothing project areas. She has served as vice president and historian for her 4-H club. Haugland has participated in her county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“Through 4-H I have been able to test my wings in many different project areas, which has helped me narrow down my possible career choices,” said Haugland.

[PHOTO] Rachel Haugland

Linn County 4-H’er Katherine Hamilton, Cedar Rapids, is the daughter of Brenda and Steve Hamilton.

An eight-year member of 4-H, Hamilton has been involved in the dog, photography, citizenship, clothing and food and nutrition project areas. She has served as president and secretary of her 4-H club. Hamilton has participated in her county 4-H council and the Citizenship Washington Focus.

“4-H has given me opportunities for learning, leadership, citizenship and friendship,” said Hamilton

[PHOTO] Katherine Hamilton

Madison County 4-H’er Hannah Al-Mazroa, Peru, is the daughter of Paul and Darla Millhollin.

A seven-year 4-H member, Al-Mazroa has been involved in the beef, communication, food and nutrition, photography and citizenship project areas. She has served as treasurer and secretary of her 4-H club. She has participated in her county 4-H council and youth committee, and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me gain my communication skills, leadership skills and much more,” said Al-Mazroa.

[PHOTO] Hannah Al-Mazroa

Polk County 4-H’er Elizabeth Macro, Des Moines, is the daughter of Jesse and Vanessa Macro.

An eight-year member of 4-H, Macro has been involved in the communication, clothing, food and nutrition, photography, leadership and citizenship project areas. She has served as president, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club. Macro has participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has helped me develop my leadership skills by giving me the tools to work with a wide variety of people,” said Macro.   

[PHOTO] Elizabeth Macro

Sac County 4-H’er Damon Cook, Wall Lake, is the son of Cathy Cook, Rick Vetter and the late Mark Cook.

An eight-year 4-H member, Cook has been involved in the beef, rabbit, leadership, citizenship, woodworking and welding project areas. He has served as vice president, secretary, treasurer and reporter of his 4-H club. Cook has participated in his county 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has taught me good work ethics and values,” said Cook. “I have gained many practical skills and essential life skills.”

[PHOTO] Damon Cook

Sac County 4-H’er Grace Feilmeier, Early, is the daughter of Dale and Mary Feilmeier.

An eight-year 4-H member, Feilmeier has been involved in the communication, citizenship, clothing, leadership and photography project areas. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. Feilmeier has participated in her county 4-H council, county youth committee, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and state 4-H council.

“4-H showed me how good it can feel to help others,” said Feilmeier, “and now I know that in my future I want to continue helping others.”

[PHOTO] Grace Feilmeier

Worth County 4-H’er Katie Fuller, Manly, is the daughter of Tim and Katie Fuller.

A three-year member of 4-H, Fuller has been involved in the photography, citizenship, visual arts and home improvement project areas. She has served as club reporter of her 4-H club. Fuller has participated in her county 4-H council, Citizenship Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has shown me that the world is a much bigger place with lots of great opportunities,” said Fuller.

[PHOTO] Katie Fuller

Worth County 4-H’er Hannah Gentz, Northwood, is the daughter of David and Cheryl Gentz.

An eight-year member of 4-H, Gentz has been involved in the photography, clothing, home improvement and horticulture project areas. She has served as president of her 4-H club, and has participated in her county 4-H council.

“4-H has allowed me to grow as a person by learning new skills and being able to show them to others,” said Gentz.

[PHOTO] Hannah Gentz

Worth County 4-H’er Jayde Hapgood, Kensett, is the daughter of Paul and Lisa Overland.

An eight year member of 4-H, Hapgood has been involved in the citizenship, communication, dairy, leadership and home improvement project areas. She has served as secretary and vice president of her 4-H club. Hapgood has participated in her county 4-H council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and the National 4-H Conference.

“4-H has helped me become a better person by helping me to expand upon my leadership, citizenship and communication skills,” said Hapgood.

[PHOTO] Jayde Hapgood

Worth County 4-H’er Levi Nettleton, Kensett, is the son of Pete and Michele Nettleton.

A seven-year member of 4-H, Nettleton has been involved in the beef, swine, poultry, woodworking and science and engineering project areas. He has served as treasurer and recreational director. Nettleton has participated in his county 4-H council, Citizenship Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has helped me with my communication skills, which will be a great help for me when it comes to job interviews,” said Nettleton.

[PHOTO] Levi Nettleton

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

A seven-year 4-H member, Prestholt has been involved in the sheep, beef, home improvement, woodworking and dog project areas. He has participated in his county 4-H council, Citizenship Washington Focus and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

“4-H has given me many opportunities and I’ve learned a lot of new skills,” said Prestholt.

[PHOTO] Aaron Prestholt

Worth County 4-H’er Gage Tenold, Northwood, is the son of Russ and Renate Tenold.

An eight-year 4-H member, Tenold has been involved in the communication, photography, woodworking, visual arts and environment and sustainability project areas. He has served as the secretary of his 4-H club and has participated in his county 4-H council.

“4-H has given me lots of experience over the years,” said Tenold. “I’ve grown up as a person and learned to interact with others.”

[PHOTO] Gage Tenold

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