OSKALOOSA — An Oskaloosa Senior High School student was selected to represent Mahaska County on the Iowa State 4-H Council.

Abby Drost, a junior, earned this honor according to an email sent to the Oskaloosa Herald.

“I am so proud of Abby’s accomplishments,” Amy Brainard, Mahaska County Youth Coordinator, said in the email. “She is dedicated, hard-working, kind, organized, and so much more, she will represent our county very well.”

According to the email, responsibilities for council members include representing the program across Iowa along with planning the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference held at the end of June.

A National 4-H Conference is held in Washington, D.C. every year during the spring, where members can participate in a week-long focus group where they work towards sharing their perspectives on various issues with national leaders.

In order to apply for the position, the member must determine their eligibility for the various state opportunities available, which also includes summarizing their personal and project area goals, as well as experience both inside and outside 4-H programs.

A statewide award evaluation committee composing of three members will review each application every year. During a full-day event in Ames, each member is interviewed by their evaluation committee.

“I am excited to serve as an Iowa 4-H Reporter at the state fair and to work with professionals from Iowa Public Television (Iowa PBS) and iHeart Radio to further my knowledge in public communications,” Drost said. “I am also excited to learn more about STEM by working with professionals from Iowa State University and assisting with Iowa 4-H Astro Camp.”

The 4-H recognition process is designed to motivate young people to excel in their skills, encourage individualized learning, and encourage engagement with difficult challenges.

Sarah Stortz can be reached at sstortz@oskyherald.com.

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