Henry County 4-H’er Lauren Baker is the daughter of Kent and
Teresa Baker of Winfield. Lauren is a nine-year member of the 4-H
Wizards and a senior at Winfield-Mount Union High School.
National 4-H Conference was held April 6-11, 2013 in Washington
D.C. Lauren and three other delegates were chosen to attend
conference by an application and interview process. Lauren, being
an outstanding 4-Her from Henry County was one of the four
delegates chosen to represent Iowa at the conference.
While visiting Washington D.C., Lauren and delegates from Iowa and across the nation
participated in roundtable discussions, provided presentations, and met with legislature and state
representatives. Sightseeing and meeting new friends was also a highlight of the trip!
Lauren currently is very involved at the county and state level of 4-H as she is 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.
When Lauren was asked “what kind of opportunities 4-H has offered to you over the years,” she
replied; “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. 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. My favorite experiences have
been serving on the state 4-H council and attending the National 4-H Conference. 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
Lauren plans to graduate in May and says what she will miss most about 4-H will be working
with her own club, being a part of the state 4-H council, and being able to attend State Youth
Conference each summer. She plans to always make 4-H apart of her life as 4-H has provided
her with many opportunities. Lauren mentioned in her interview; “I will miss everything about
being in 4-H as I graduate, 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.”