Four 4-H members were selected to represent Iowa at the 2012 National 4-H Conference March 24-29 in Chevy Chase, Maryland—a suburb of Washington, D.C. They are: Kayla Krull, Northwood; Abigail Peterson, Harcourt; Amy Prestholt, Manly; and Savannah Ruby, Greenfield. "They did a great job of representing Iowa's interests in the national 4-H program," says Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist.
The Des Moines Register and the Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsored the 4-H'ers' trip to the national conference. Carol Ehlers, an ISU Extension youth program specialist serving the northwest Iowa counties of Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cherokee, Ida, Pocahontas and Sac accompanied the youth. ISU Extension sends only four delegates per year, and candidates are eligible to attend National 4-H Conference only one time. Delegates must submit an application and be selected by a committee.
"We selected these four representatives due to their involvement in 4-H at the local and state level as well as their leadership and communication skills," says Allen.
Met with Iowa Congressmen and Senators, discussed youth issues, shared ideas
The youth 4-H delegates met with all of Iowa's legislators to inform them about current 4-H accomplishments. In addition, they participated in round tables on current youth issues and prepared and presented briefs to the national agencies connected to their issue. Delegates also had opportunities to collaborate and highlight local 4-H programs and activities. "This 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," says Allen.
Adair County 4-H'er Savannah Ruby, 18, is the daughter of Mark and Angela Ruby. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in horse, dog, cattle, hog and communication projects. She has participated in National 4-H Congress; state, area and county 4-H councils; and county youth committee and has received a state project award for leadership. She also has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. A senior at Nodaway Valley High School, Ruby says 4-H has led her to choose elementary education as her college major.
Webster County 4-H'er Abigail Peterson, 17, is the daughter of Mark and Kim Peterson. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, leadership, communication, clothing, and home improvement projects. She has participated in National 4-H Congress and state and county 4-H councils, and has received state project awards for citizenship and clothing. She also has served as vice president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club. A student at Prairie Valley High School in Gowrie, Peterson says, "4-H has taught me many life skills such as interviewing, public speaking, organization and goal setting. It also has helped me know that in a future career I want to use communication and help others."
Worth County 4-H'er Amy Prestholt, 16, is the daughter of Linda and Dave Prestholt. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in horse, dog, communications, photography and citizenship projects. She has participated in state, area and county 4-H councils; the county youth committee, and has received a state dog project award. She also has served as vice president, secretary and reporter of her 4-H club. A junior at Central Springs High School, Prestholt says "4-H has allowed me to exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, become a club officer, implement a new 4-H dog program at the Worth County Fair and make life-long friends."
Worth County 4-H'er Kayla Krull, 18, is the daughter of Paul and Cynthia Krull. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in clothing, communications, personal development, photography and visual arts projects. She has participated in National 4-H Congress and state and county 4-H councils. She also has served as president, vice president and treasurer of her 4-H club. A senior at Lake Mills Community School, Krull says, "4-H is a place to come and learn. It gives kids good communication skills, record keeping skills, and teaches how to work with our peers and adults."