Dan Determan, Early, is one of five Iowa youths who will present a workshop at the 2004 National 4-H Conference, March 18 to 23 at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Md. Determan, 18, is the son of Steve and Barb Determan.
Joining Determan will be Emily Morris of Ames, Kevin Peyton of Sac City, Allyson Dierenfeld of Northwood and Andrea Kemp of Osceola.
At the 74th annual conference, Determan, Morris, Dierenfeld and Kemp will present a workshop explaining the youth-adult partnership they use to plan the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Peyton will present a workshop on GPS navigation with TeWinkel and another on organizing photos online as a part of the National Tech Team. In addition, the delegates will each participate in round table discussions to create recommendations for the national 4-H program to achieve its goal of meeting the changing needs of youth and adults.
The delegates also will spend a day on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of the U.S. Congress about topics relating to National 4-H Conference and issues in their counties.
"It's an honor to be selected to attend National 4-H Conference," Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H specialist, said. "These delegates excelled in the 4-H program in Iowa so they're attending the conference to shape the direction of the national 4-H program."
Determan, a 10-year 4-H member, has completed several major projects including leadership, citizenship and communication. He has served on the county, area and state 4-H councils and has attended National 4-H Congress.
"4-H has helped me develop life skills such as leadership and communication," Determan, a senior at Schaller-Crestland High School, said. "It also has given me the opportunity to meet tons of new people and form great friendships."
Determan's trip is sponsored by The Des Moines Register and Monsanto.