2012 Iowa State Fair (IFAA) 4-H Scholarships Awarded to Iowa 4-H’ers



AMES, Iowa -- Seventeen Iowa 4-H members have received $1,000 Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarships sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement. In addition, one 4-H’er has received the $2,000 Iowa State Fair Mark Pearson Memorial Scholarship, also sponsored by IFAA. Recipients are from Boone, Bremer, Butler, Calhoun, Clinton, Des Moines, Franklin, Hardin, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Louisa, Madison, O’Brien, Winneshiek and Worth counties.

  • Boone County 4-H’er Hannah Swanson, Madrid, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Swanson, 18, is the daughter of Ron and Suzanne Swanson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Swanson has been involved in the clothing, poultry, citizenship, communication and leadership project areas. She has served as club president, vice president and secretary. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in apparel, merchandising and design.

“4-H has positively influenced me as a person and has helped me to grow in so many ways,” said Swanson.

  • Boone County 4-H’er Matt Swanson, Madrid, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Swanson, 18, is the son of Arne and Chris Swanson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Swanson has been involved in the beef, poultry, food and nutrition, cat and aerospace project areas. He has served as club president, secretary and treasurer. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal science.

“4-H has helped me become a more responsible and respectful person,” said Swanson.

  • Bremer County 4-H’er Meghan Mills, Janesville, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Mills, 18, is the daughter of Wayne and Theresa Mills.

A six-year 4-H member, Mills has been involved in the horse, dog, photography, home improvement and visual art project areas. She has served as club photographer, Web coordinator and communications director. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

“Becoming a member of 4-H is one of the best decisions I have made in my life,” Mills said. “It has allowed me to grow as an individual in so many ways.”

  • Butler County 4-H’er Cole Chesnut, Shell Rock,received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Chesnut, 18, is the son of Evan and Sharon Chesnut.

A nine-year 4-H member, Chesnut has been involved in the photography, food and nutrition, beef, child development and communication project areas. He has served as club president, vice president and secretary. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural engineering.

“4-H has allowed me to understand my roles and leadership skills,” said Chesnut.

  • Calhoun County 4-H’er Ben Hecht, Fonda, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Hecht, 18, is the son of Evan and Colleen Hecht.

A nine-year 4-H member, Hecht has been involved in the agricultural and natural resources, communication, food and nutrition, rabbit and photography project areas. He has served as club treasurer and historian. He attends Iowa State University and is majoring in agricultural engineering.

“Through my 4-H activities, projects and events, I have learned life skills that will help me be a contributing member of society,” said Hecht.

  • Clinton County 4-H’er Heidi Andresen, DeWitt, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Andresen, 18, is the daughter of Darwin and Mary Andresen.

An eight-year 4-H member, Andresen has been involved in the horse, dog and rabbit project areas. She has served as club president, vice president and secretary. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural education.

“4-H is a path that leads directly to my future,” Andresen said. “By being active in 4-H, I was able to learn how to set goals and use hard work and dedication to achieve them.”

  • Des Moines County 4-H’er Kaci Keitzer, Mediapolis, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Keitzer, 18, is the daughter of Bryan and Kelly Keitzer.

A nine-year 4-H member, Keitzer has been involved in the sheep, swine, photography, home improvement and visual art project areas. She has served as club historian, secretary and vice president. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

“4-H has influenced me to be a good role model for younger generations as well as give back to those that have supported me along the way,” said Keitzer.

  • Franklin County 4-H’er Jacklyn Keninger, Ackley, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Keninger, 18, is the daughter of Kent and Audrea Keninger.

A nine-year 4-H member, Keninger has been involved in the swine, broiler chicken and photography project areas. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

“Being active in 4-H has given me the opportunity to build my communication and leadership skills, develop a strong work ethic, increase my interest in agriculture and build friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Keninger.

  • Hardin County 4-H’er Allison Brown, New Providence, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Brown, 18, is the daughter of Paul and Andrea Brown.

A nine-year 4-H member, Brown has been involved in the swine, food and nutrition, home improvement, communications and sewing and needle arts project areas. She has served as club president, vice president and secretary. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in culinary science.

“4-H helped me find what areas interest me the most, which helped immensely in choosing my college major,” said Brown.

  • Harrison County 4-H’er Victoria Thompson, Woodbine, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Thompson, 18, is the daughter of Scott and Kim Thompson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Thompson has been involved in the dog, communication, veterinary science, animal science and photography project areas. She has served as club president and vice president. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in microbiology and in genetics.

“Looking back, I am thankful for all the opportunities and life skills 4-H has provided me,” Thompson said. “4-H developed and improved my people skills, speaking skills, leadership skills, citizenship skills and organizational skills.”

  • Jackson County 4-H’er Jacob House, Sabula, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. House, 18, is the son of Randy and Chrystal House.

A nine-year 4-H member, House has been involved in the woodworking, photography, rabbits, bucket bottle calves and dairy steers project areas. He has served as club vice president, treasurer and reporter. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

“I believe 4-H has helped me with my communication skills and responsibility over the past nine years,” said House.

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Abigail Sparks, Iowa City, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Sparks, 18, is the daughter of Walter and Amy Sparks.

A nine-year 4-H member, Sparks has been involved in the food and nutrition, photography, personal development, communications and rabbit project areas. She has served as club president, vice president and secretary. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in food science and human nutrition.

“I credit a majority, if not all, of my successes in school and in my community to my experiences in 4-H,” said Sparks.

  • Louisa County 4-H’er Clayton Robison, Winfield, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Robison, 18, is the son of Chris and Sharon Robison.

A nine-year 4-H member, Robison has been involved in the swine, beef, horticulture, photography and woodworking project areas. He has served as club president and vice president. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal science.

“4-H has influenced me by teaching me that hard work and dedication will pay off in the end,” Robison said. “It also taught me responsibility.”

  • Madison County 4-H’er Sarah Al-Mazroa, Peru, received the $2000 Iowa State Fair Mark Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Al-Mazroa, 18, is the daughter of Paul and Darla Millhollin.

An eight-year 4-H member, Al-Mazroa has been involved in the beef, food and nutrition, communications, photography and horses project areas. She has served as vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal science, pre-veterinary.

“4-H has helped me grow as a person and sparked a passion for the beef industry,” said Al-Mazroa.

  • Madison County 4-H’er McKaila von Rentzell, Earlham, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Von Rentzell, 18, is the daughter of Judy Mapes.

A seven-year 4-H member, von Rentzell has been involved in the horses, communications, visual art and photography project areas. She has served as club reporter and historian. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal science, pre-veterinary.

“4-H has helped me discover my growing love and passion for horses,” von Rentzell said. “Since I plan on becoming an equine veterinarian, I am glad I had the opportunity to work on a horses project for 4-H.”

  • O’Brien County 4-H’er Jeremy Maass, Ida Grove, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Maass, 18, is the son of Barry and Susie Maass.

A nine-year 4-H member, Maass has been involved in the beef, communication, food and nutrition, woodworking and home improvement project areas. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal sciences.

“My involvement in the beef and communication 4-H project areas have helped me tremendously in becoming who I am today,” Maass said. “Through beef, I found that my passion in life was showing and raising cattle, which has taught me management skills, helped me develop a strong work ethic and showed me that I want to work with cattle in the future.”

  • Winneshiek County 4-H’er Paula Kovarik, Calmar, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Kovarik, 18, is the daughter of Kevin and Carol Kovarik.

A 12-year 4-H member, Kovarik has been involved in the visual art, food and nutrition, photography, home improvement and sewing project areas. She served as club president, vice president and photographer. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural business.

“I have been actively involved in 4-H since I was in kindergarten,” Kovarik said. “Being in 4-H influenced me positively, and helped me make decision for my future.”

  • Worth County 4-H’er Sophia Benjegerdes, Mason City, received an Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarship. Benjegerdes, 18, is the daughter of Karl and Tina Benjegerdes.

A nine-year 4-H member, Benjegerdes has been involved in the swine, communications, clothing, visual art and health project areas. She has served as club president, secretary and recreation director. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural communications.

“I am convinced that without my nine years of positive 4-H experience, I would not have the confidence or communication skills that I have now,” said Benjegerdes.

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