Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Angelina Hemphill, a newly minted Eagle Scout with Ankeny Troop 188, as our Iowan of the Week. Angelina is a member of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts nationwide and one of the first-ever from Iowa. She hopes to inspire others to work hard and never settle for less than what they deserve. Her goal is to help people believe in themselves even when they’re faced with challenges and to help them look for the good in the world.
To rise to the rank of Eagle Scout, Angelina has invested a lot of time and energy in educating herself and in giving back to her community. She completed 21 merit badges for tasks such as climbing, tying knots and fishing. In all, Angelina completed nine more electives than she needed to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Angelina also organized and led a conservation service project with a crew of volunteers who removed invasive species at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. Through her accomplishments, she has learned numerous first aid and outdoor skills and how to be a positive, contributing citizen. She has also learned valuable leadership skills that she will carry with her for the rest of her life.
As one of the first women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Iowa, I can attest that being the first at something is never easy. Angelina’s bravery and determination, and her belief that young women should have an equal chance to learn about leadership and valuable life skills makes me so excited to see what the next generation can achieve. I am proud to represent constituents like Angelina who aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves and take a chance at doing something new. During this first week of Women’s History Month, I couldn’t be happier to name trailblazing Angelina as Iowan of the Week.