2011 Pioneer Community College Scholarships Awarded to Iowa 4-H’ers



AMES, Iowa – Nineteen Iowa 4-H members have received $500 Pioneer Community College 4-H scholarships sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Recipients are from Audubon, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clayton, Emmet, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, Jones, Madison, Mahaska, Montgomery, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, Wapello and West Pottawattamie counties.

  • Audubon County 4-H’er Kaylyn McVay, Audubon, is the daughter of Julie McVay. A graduate of Audubon High School, she plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in equine science.

A seven-year 4-H member, McVay has been involved in the dogs, rabbits, chickens, horticulture and sewing project areas. She has served as club president, vice president and secretary.

  • Cedar County 4-H’er Greg Storjohann, Bennett, is the son of Walt and Deb Storjohann. A graduate of Durant High School, he plans to attend Muscatine Community College to major in agriculture.

A nine-year 4-H member, Storjohann has been involved in the breeding beef, woodworking, crop production and photography project areas. He received a state achievement award and six of his exhibits went on to the Iowa State Fair. He has served as club vice president, treasurer and historian.

  • Cerro Gordo County 4-H’er Jay Greenlee,Clear Lake, is the son of Jolene Greenlee. He plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in equine management.

A nine-year 4-H member, Greenlee has been involved in the beef breeding, market breeding, horses, woodworking, photography and veterinary science project areas. He received project awards in woodworking, veterinary science, record keeping and horsemanship. He has served as club secretary, treasurer and historian.

“4-H helped me learn to set goals and reach them,” said Greenlee.

  • Chickasaw County 4-H’er Megan Meissen, New Hampton, is the daughter of Brian and Kathy Meissen. A graduate of New Hampton High School, she plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College to major in agriculture business.

A nine-year 4-H member, Meissen has been involved in the beef, dairy beef, sheep, photography and visual arts project areas. She received the “I Dare You” award at the national level along with a senior volunteer award. She has served as club historian and secretary.

“4-H has been a great influence on me because I have been able to learn so much about agriculture,” said Meissen.

  • Clarke County 4-H’er Allen Taylor, Woodburn, is the son of Gary and Kathy Taylor. A graduate of Clarke Community High School, he plans to attend Southwestern Community College to major in agriculture business.

A nine-year 4-H member, Taylor has been involved in the welding, sheep and beef project areas. A grand champion in commercial ewe and senior/junior sheep showmanship winner, he has served as club treasurer.

“Through 4-H, I have learned skills that will help me throughout my life,” said Taylor.

  • Clayton County 4-H’er Kirk Moser, Colesburg, is the son of Todd and Lynn Moser. A graduate of Edgewood–Colesburg Jr./Sr. High School, he plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agriculture production.

A nine-year 4-H member, Moser has been involved in the sheep, woodworking, dairy and visual arts project areas. He received champion status for live pen of three steers and for Gelbvieh heifers. He has served as club vice president, treasurer and photographer.

“4-H helped me develop my leadership skills and my passion for agriculture,” said Moser. “My passion has led me into animal agriculture as a future career.”

  • Emmet County 4-H’er Nate Kropf, Graettinger, is the son of Ron and Sandy Kropf. A graduate of Graettinger–Terril School, he plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College to major in agriculture production.

A nine-year 4-H member, Kropf has been involved in the beef, swine, welding, woodworking and shooting sports project areas. He received awards for his beef and welding projects, along with a Danforth “I Dare You” award. He has served as club president, vice president and treasurer.

“4-H has helped me learn the lifelong skills of communication, leadership and citizenship,” said Kopf.

  • Greene County 4-H’er Andrew Schnebly, is the son of Steve and Jo Anne Schnebly. A graduate of Coon Rapids–Bayard Community Schools, he plans to attend Iowa Central Community College to major in diesel technology.

A nine-year 4-H member, Schnebly has been involved in the sheep, swine, welding, woodworking and electricity project areas. He received senior project awards for sheep, communication and computer. He has served as club president, vice president and secretary.

“4-H has given me the opportunity to develop leadership, citizenship and public speaking skills,” said Schnebly.

  • Hamilton County 4-H’er Kent Thelke, Dows, is the son of Gene and Kathy Thelke. He plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in farm management.

A nine-year 4-H member, Thelke has been involved in the swine, tractors, food and nutrition, woodworking and welding project areas. He received an award for his swine project. He has served as club president, vice president and historian.

“4-H has given me leadership skills that will help me excel in any kind of business that I take on,” said Thelke.

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Stephanie Fisher, Oxford, is the daughter of Brad and Sally Fisher. A graduate of Clear Creek Amana High School, she plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College to major in veterinary technology.

A nine-year 4-H member, Fisher has been involved in the beef, photography, communications and visual arts project areas. She has served as club secretary.

“Living in rural Johnson County and being involved in 4-H has given me the opportunity to job shadow my local vet,” said Fisher. “These experiences have helped me choose my future career.”

  • Jones County 4-H’er Anna Moenk, Monticello, is the daughter of Garret and Donna Moenk. A graduate of Anamosa High School, she plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in equine management.

A nine-year 4-H member, Moenk has been involved in the equine, food and nutrition, swine, rabbits and sheep project areas. She has served as club president, vice president and treasurer. She was the all-around exhibitor for her county fair and received the county reporter and historian awards.

“4-H has influenced me in many ways,” said Moenk. “It has provided me with the opportunity to improve my skills in communication, responsibility and leadership.”

  • Madison County 4-H’er Taylor Hildreth, Winterset, is the daughter of Brian and Jodi Hildreth. She plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College to major in animal science.

A four-year 4-H member, Hildreth has been involved in the horses and communication project areas. She received first place in individual hippology in 2010 and first place in team hippology in 2011.

“4-H has influenced me as person by helping me to become a better communicator, to set goals and see them through to completion and by giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge and be a good role model to younger 4-H members,” said Hildreth.

  • Mahaska County 4-H’er Cody Foster, New Sharon, is the son of Keith and Sally Foster. He plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agriculture production management.

A nine-year 4-H member, Foster has been involved in the sheep, swine, meat goats, poultry and photography project areas. He received an outstanding leadership award, record keeping award, citizenship award and achievement award. He has served as club reporter and photographer.

“Through 4-H, I have learned so many important qualities that will be very useful in the future,” said Foster.

  • Poweshiek County 4-H’er James McCain, Malcom, is the son of Murlin and Susan McCain. A graduate of Montezuma Community School, he plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agriculture business.

A nine-year 4-H member, McCain has been involved in the beef, swine, sheep, dogs and horses project areas. He has served as club reporter.

“4-H has influenced me, by showing me different styles of the agriculture industry,” said McCain.

  • Story County 4-H’er Mary Gotta, Slater, is the daughter of Jim Gotta of Ankeny and Nina Gotta of Slater. She plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College to major in agriculture business and marketing.

A nine-year 4-H member, Gotta has been involved in the horse, food and nutrition, woodworking, photography and communication project areas. She has served as club vice president, secretary and treasurer.

"4-H taught several life skills, such as public speaking, confidence, hard work and determination," said Gotta.

  • Tama County 4-H’er Levi Petersen, Gladbrook, is the son of Bill and Crystal Petersen. A graduate of Gladbrook Reinbeck High School, he plans to attend Hawkeye Community College to major in agricultural power technology.

A nine-year 4-H member, Petersen has been involved in the leadership, community service, plant science and animal science project areas. He received the county senior award in animal science and the Tama County Soil and Water Conservation Award. He has served as club president and activity coordinator.

“One of the biggest ways 4-H has influenced and will definitely impact my future is in the area of community involvement,” said Petersen. “I enjoy being active in my community activities and will continue being involved after my 4-H years are done.”

  • Wapello County 4-H’er Breanna Patterson, Ottumwa, is the daughter of Scot Patterson and Priscilla Patterson. A graduate of Cardinal High School, she plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in equine management.

A nine-year 4-H member, Patterson has been involved in the horses, dogs, goats, photography and woodworking project areas. She has served as club president and treasurer and was on the horse committee.

“4-H has made me realize what is important in my life and helped me prioritize my goals for the future,” said Patterson.

  • West Pottawattamie County 4-H’er Cole Rath, Treynor, is the son of Craig and Zoe Rath. A graduate of Treynor High School, he plans to attend Kirkwood Community College this fall to major in agricultural business.

A nine-year 4-H member, Rath has been involved in the beef, sheep and baking project areas. He was a two-time grand champion in steer and two-time grand champion in sheep. He has served as club vice president.

“4-H has taught me responsibility, not only in taking care of animals, but also in completing projects in a timely fashion,” said Rath.

  • West Pottawattamie County 4-H’er Katie Schmielau, Treynor, is the daughter of Clint and Danelle Schmielau. A graduate of Underwood Community High School, she plans to attend Iowa Western Community College to major in agriculture business and farm management.

A nine-year 4-H member, Schmielau has been involved in the market beef, visual arts and photography project areas. She received a record book award, She has served as club president, vice president and secretary.

“Though my years in 4-H, I have built a strong relationship with my 4-H family and my community that will last a lifetime,” said Schmielau.

In Iowa, the 4-H program is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved or how to apply for a 4-H scholarship, contact any ISU Extension county office.

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