Linn County Youths Receive 2011 Hills Bank and Trust Leadership Grants

7/5/11

AMES, Iowa -- Six young Iowans from Linn County 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.

  • Kayla Caryl, 17, is the daughter of Aaron and Kim Caryl, Central City. In high school Caryl participated in drama, speech, choir, football managing and National Honor Society. She plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in liberal arts.

“It’s taught me many things, how to communicate correctly with others and valuable etiquette skills,” Caryl said.

[PHOTO] Kayla Caryl

  • Jennifer Freeland, 18, is the daughter of Joe and Julie Freeland, Central City. In high school Freeland was involved in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and student council. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in chemical engineering and minor in bioengineering.

“The Hills Bank leadership training program has instilled important communication and business presentation skills that will enable me to become a successful leader in the future,” Freeland said.

[PHOTO] Jennifer Freeland

  • Amy Hanson, 18, is the daughter of Mark and Debra Hanson, Cedar Rapids. In high school Hanson participated in student government, Biology Club, Cougar Advisory Council, varsity cheerleading, varsity diving, track and speech. She plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in biology (pre-med).

“I learned that my life philosophy of being friends with everyone and always keeping an optimistic attitude is exactly what a good leader needs to do,” Hanson said.

[PHOTO] Amy Hanson

  • Carlyn Hill, 18, is the daughter of John and Valerie Hill, Fairfax. In high school Hill was involved in band, swim team, National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in mechanical engineering.

“The training program was inspiring and made me realize that each style and method of leadership is different and unique to that individual,” Hill said.

  • Allison Kindig, 18, is the daughter of Jim and Angie Kindig, Cedar Rapids. In high school Kindig was involved in Relay for Life, Best Buddies, C.A.T.S., swimming, track and Coaches vs. Cancer. She plans to attend the University of Iowa to major in global health and anthropology with a pre-med focus.

“The Hills Bank leadership training program has allowed me to recognize the significant impact leadership has had on my life as a friend, a coach, an officer, a student, a community member and a teammate,” said Kindig. “Leadership can empower, encourage and motivate in each of these capacities.”

[PHOTO] Allison Kindig

  • Bradley Phillips, 18, is the son of LouAnn Phillips, Central City. In high school Phillips participated in National Honor Society, student council, Boy Scouts, student advisory, Students Against Drunk Driving, 4-H, football, track, soccer, basketball, golf and baseball. He plans to attend Mount Mercy University to major in business management and human resource management.

“The etiquette training taught me lessons that I will use throughout my life,” said Phillips. “It helped me learn how to introduce myself, speak to the whole audience and give a proper handshake.”

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