Record numbers for Washington County 4-H at youth conference
It had been 17 years since Washington County 4-H was represented in such great numbers at the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. This year Washington County sent a local, record-breaking 15 youth to the annual event in Ames, June 25-27.
Eight hundred high school students from every corner of Iowa attended this year’s conference at Iowa State University. The conference included workshops, keynote sessions with motivational speakers, mixers and dances, a banquet and community service projects. The students stayed in the residence halls at Iowa State University, getting a taste of campus life.
The 2012-2013 State 4-H Council students created the three-day 4-H Youth Conference programming. Washington County was proud to have one selected member to this group, senior 4-H’er Lauren Carter of the Jackson Jets 4-H Club.
“My favorite part of being on State Council was meeting so many people from all across the state. They are all great leaders and I made wonderful friendships through my time on State Council,” said Carter.
During the conference, students could choose a specific category track to follow, such as animal science, communication skills, career exploration and food science or could attend a mix of workshops. The tracks gave students the opportunity to learn more about a specific topic. In addition to Animal Science Round-Up and the traditional conference opportunities, the CSI: Crops track was available. CSI: Crops focused on students playing detective, figuring out what had happened to a specific crop in a field.
The 4-H Youth Conference is a way for youth to find their passion, meet new friends and unmask their opportunities available through 4-H.