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