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Iowa delegates attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta

Friday, January 4, 2013

Twenty-one 4-H'ers were selected to represent Iowa as delegates for the National 4-H Congress,entitled "Become a Catalyst of Change," in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23 -- 27.

The Iowa Farm Bureau and donors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation National 4-H Congress Endowment sponsored the youth. Iowa delegates received a chance to listen to speakers, participated in workshops and served the Atlanta community.

Karen Pattison and Earl McAlexander, 4-H program specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, accompanied and chaperoned the 21 young people. Renae Drey and Tyler Pickhinke were selected from Sac County.

Sac County 4-H'er Renae Drey, Early, is the daughter of Dean and Deb Drey.

A seven-year 4-H member, Drey has been involved in the food and nutrition, consumer management, citizenship, leadership and communication project areas. She has served as club secretary. She has participated in her county 4-H council, state 4-H council and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

"4-H has taught me how important it is to be involved in the community and how to be a better leader," said Drey.

Sac County 4-H'er Tyler Pickhinke, Early, is the son of Steve and Tracy Pickhinke.

A seven-year 4-H member, Pickhinke has been involved in the communication, leadership, citizenship, visual art and beef project areas. He has served as treasurer, reporter and vice president of his 4-H club. He has participated in his county 4-H council, state 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Technology Team and the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

"4-H has helped me become a better citizen and leader," said Pickhinke.

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