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Record numbers for Washington County 4-H at youth conference

Jul 18, 2013
Photo by: Washington County 4-H The last evening of State Conference included a formal dinner, program and dance. Washington participants included Wil Marek, Noah Altenhofen, Jack Carter, Emma Stout, Joceline Spenner, Emma Eubanks, Makenzi Marek, Emily Hora, Jordan Stout, Lauren Carter Macy Marek, McKenna Brinning, Kaitlin Hora, Maddie Hora, and Kaycee Miller.

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.


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