Baker attends National 4-H Conference
Lauren Baker of Winfield represented Henry County at the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. held April 6-11.
After an application and interview process, Baker was one of four delegates chosen to represent Iowa at the conference. While visiting Washington D.C., Baker aparticipated in roundtable discussions, provided presentations, and met with legislature and state representatives. Sightseeing and meeting new friends was also a highlight of the trip.
“4-H has given me many opportunities though out the years. I honestly don’t think I would be the person I am without my 4-H experiences. 4-H has taught me to be a leader. It has also given me my communication skills and led me to my future career in journalism and communications,” said Baker. “In 4-H, I have had the opportunity to be in my local club, county council, and state council. I have exhibited in many different project areas at the county fair and state fair. I have also attended the state 4-H youth conference several times.”
A member of the 4-H Wizards, Baker is involved at the county and state level of 4-H as she is the president of the Henry County Teen Council and a member of the Iowa 4-H Council, which acts as an ambassador for counties in Iowa promoting state events and organizing State Youth Conference.
“My favorite experiences have been serving on the state 4-H council and attending the National 4-H Conference,” she continued. “I have also been a counselor-in-training at the Iowa 4-H Center in the summers. Working at camp is also another amazing 4-H experience because it has allowed me to be a leader and help kids have an amazing summer.”
A senior at Winfield-Mt. Union High School, Baker will graduate in May. She will miss working with her club, being a part of the state 4-H council and attending the State Youth Conference each year, but she plans to always make 4-H a part of her life.
“I will miss everything about being in 4-H as I graduate,” said Baker. “I plan to keep in touch with all of my 4-H friends from around the state and county for a very, very long time.”
Baker is the daughter of Kent and Teresa Baker of Winfield.