Four 4-H members are represented Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 11-16 in Washington, D.C. Spencer Orr, of Cerro Gordo County, Grace Westercamp of Van Buren County, and Vivian Benjegerdes and Kailey Eskildsen, both of Worth County, represented Iowa's interests in the national 4-H program.
Sponsoring the 4-H'ers' trip to the nation's capital were the Des Moines Register; David and Valerie Pace, Roseville, Minn.; Harry and Phyllis Davis, Williamsport, Md.; Chuck and Mary Morris, Ames; and Brenda Allen, Ames.
Gail Castillo, an ISU Extension and Outreach regional 4-H youth specialist, was the youths' chaperone. Cayla Taylor is the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth program coordinator.
An honor to be chosen to attend National 4-H Conference
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," Taylor says. "Delegates are selected based on their significant involvement in 4-H, as well as their leadership, citizenship and communication skills.
"Through this experience youth have the opportunity to actively participate in 4-H program development at the national level," adds Taylor. "While at the conference, these young people also are identifying and sharing solutions to issues affecting youth today. These solutions then are shared by youth delegates with government officials as well as national associations and donors. The intent is that youth will share the knowledge and skills that they've gained with their peers and leaders within their own communities once they return home from National 4-H Conference."
Meet the 2015 Iowa national 4-H delegates
Cerro Gordo County 4-H'er Spencer Orr, 17, is the son of David and Tammy Orr. A seven-year 4-H member, he has participated in horse and pony, citizenship, photography, visual arts and communications project areas. He is a member of the Bits and Spurs 4-H Horse Judging Team and serves on the Cerro Gordo County Teen Council and State 4-H Council.
Van Buren County 4-H'er Grace Westercamp, 17, is the daughter of Steven and Christine Westercamp. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in child development, communication, photography, rabbits and visual arts project areas. She has been president, secretary and treasurer of her 4-H club and has participated in her county and state-level 4-H councils.
Worth County 4-H'er Vivian Benjegerdes, 16, is the daughter of Karl and Tina Benjegerdes. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in citizenship, clothing, communication and swine project areas. She has been historian, secretary and vice president of her 4-H club and has participated in her county and state-level 4-H councils.
Worth County 4-H'er Kailey Eskildsen, 17, is the daughter of James and Stephanie Eskildsen. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in cattle, home improvement, photography and visual arts project areas. She has been historian and photographer for her 4-H club and has participated in her county 4-H council.