AMES, Iowa -- Six young Iowans from Iowa, Johnson and Keokuk counties have received Hills Bank and Trust Leadership Grants. During their senior year in high school,the youths participated in nine hours of leadership training sponsored by the Hills Bank and Trust Company to earn the $1,000 award. The scholarship is administered by the Iowa 4-H Foundation and can be used at any Iowa accredited university, college or community college.
Iowa County youth Benjamin Schauer, 18, is the son of Carol Bratt, North English. In high school Schauer participated in band, chorus, drama, speech, youth group and student government. He plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in journalism and mass communication with a minor in theater.
“I’m a much more open-minded person as a result of this program,” said Schauer. “It’s helped me realize that leaders can come from anywhere.”
[PHOTO] Benjamin Schauer
Johnson County 4-H’er Courtney Burr, 17, is the daughter of Rich and Sheila Burr, Lone Tree. In high school Burr was involved in 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, basketball, cross country, track, speech, PAC and youth group. She plans to attend Iowa State University and major in agricultural exploration.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program has helped me grow as a leader and, most importantly, as a person,” Burr said.
Johnson County youth Katelyn Carver, 17, is the daughter of Tom and Linda Carver, Swisher. In high school Carver participated in volleyball, basketball, track, softball, choir, show choir, Best Buddies, FCA and student council. She plans to attend Iowa State University and major in biology.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program brought many new thoughts and ideas to my attention,” said Carver. “Before the program, I thought I was a good leader, but I found out that I have many things to work on. From tips on public speaking and communication skills to ways to be a positive leader, something new was learned every session.”
[PHOTO] Katelyn Carver
Johnson County youth Elizabeth Logsden, 18, is the daughter of Ron and Kara Logsden, Iowa City. In high school Logsden participated in 1440 Interact Club, student senate, Theatre West and senior mentoring. She plans to attend Luther College and major in biology with a minor in Spanish and possibly business.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program made me a more confident leader and gave me new skills that I can use in the future,” Logsden said.
[PHOTO] Elizabeth Logsden
Johnson County 4-H’er Alyssa Mougin, 18, is the daughter of Dennis and Denise Mougin, Tiffin. In high school Mougin participated in 4-H, student council and National Honor Society. She plans to attend Drake University and major in business finance.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program has helped me learn a lot more about being a leader,” said Mougin. “I have learned my leadership style and different ways of being a leader. I hope to use the traits I have learned in the future.”
Keokuk County youth Julia Mohr, 17, is the daughter of John and Denise Mohr, Sigourney. In high school Mohr participated in National Honor Society, softball, football cheerleading and student council. She plans to attend Central College and major in elementary education.
“Above all else, the Hills Bank leadership training has helped me gain self-confidence when meeting new people and while talking in front of a group,” Mohr said.