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Four from Worth County headed to National 4-H Congress

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 11/28/2012 8:28 AM

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa —Four Worth County 4-H'ers look forward to meeting young people from throughout the country when they attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Nov. 23 to 27.

Kelci Larson, the 17-year-old daughter of Larry and Karla Larson of Lake Mills, is active in volleyball, basketball and National Honor Society at her school.

She is a member of the Silver Lake Hustlers 4-H Club and has served as treasurer, vice president and president. She participates in horse, beef, photography, visual arts, home improvement, citizenship, communications and leadership projects. She is on county council, won State 4-H Beef and Communication awards and attended Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.

"I'm excited to meet new people, experience the city, and learn about other cultures and 4-H programs," Larson said about 4-H Congress.

Larson said 4-H has helped her in learning to express herself effectively.

Lisa Irons, 18, is a senior at Northwood-Kensett High School where she is involved in Book Club, Math Club, Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. Her parents are Patty and Dave.

She is a member of the Green Shamrocks 4-H Club which focuses on community service.

"We donate $1,000 to Relay for Life, and help with their program," Irons said. "We raise the money by putting on a variety show."

Irons' favorite 4-H project is beef. She also participates in food and nutrition, clothing, visual arts, home improvement, photography, communications, citizenship and leadership projects. She has been on county council and State 4-H Council.

"4-H made me who I am today," said Irons.

She's eager to take part in community service opportunities and hopes to be able to attend Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

"I'm looking forward to meeting people from other states and getting to see what their lives are like compared to mine," Irons said.

Matt Tweeten, 17, is a senior at Central Springs High School at Manly where he is involved with student council, National Honor Society, band, choir, track, cross country and theater. His parents are Brian and Julie Tweeten.

A member of the Brookfield Boosters 4-H Club, his projects are sheep, horse, dog, wood working, home improvement, leadership, communication and citizenship. He is State Sheep Project Award winner and a member of the State 4-H Council.

"4-H shaped the type of person that I am," Tweeten said. "It taught me great life skills that I will use throughout my life. It's made me more prepared for college and beyond."

Tweeten wants to meet people from different states and see how their 4-H programs are run.

"I'm also looking forward to community service," he said.

Amy Prestholt, a 17-year-old senior at Central Springs High School, is involved in band, choir, speech, drama, future program solving, National Honor Society, and is president of the student council. Her parents are Dave and Linda Prestholt.

She is a member of the Golden Banner 4-H Club, shows horses, sheep and started and continues to work with the county's dog project. She also participates in communications, citizenship, leadership, photography, visual arts and home improvement.

She has served on county and state 4-H council, attended the National 4-H Conference and is now a member of the National 4-H Conference Youth Leadership Team which is helping to plan the 2013 conference.

Prestholt will carry Iowa's flag in the National 4-H Congress flag ceremony and facilitate meetings with the Iowa group.

"4-H has helped me to realize and achieve my full potential," Prestholt said. "I never thought I'd achieve what I have."