Muscatine, Washington County Youth Receive 2011 Hills Bank and Trust Leadership Grants

7/5/11

AMES, Iowa -- Six young Iowans from Muscatine and Washington 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.

  • Muscatine County youth Cale Austin, 18, is the son of Tom and Denise Austin, Wilton. In high school Austin participated in National Honor Society, football, basketball, track and baseball. He plans to attend Luther College to major in mathematics.

“The Hills Bank leadership training has given me skills and confidence to be a strong leader,” said Austin. “I’ve learned to not be afraid to stand up for what is right and what I believe in.”

[PHOTO] Cale Austin

  • Muscatine County 4-H’er Kinsey Edmonds, 18, is the daughter of Michael and Julie Edmonds, Muscatine. In high school Edmonds was involved in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, color guard, soccer and volunteer activities. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal ecology.

“I feel that this program has prepared me to meet many new people in college, and be successful in school and the rest of my life,” Edmonds said.

  • Muscatine County youth Megan Guldenpfennig, 18, is the daughter of Mitchell and Janet Guldenpfennig, Letts. In high school Guldenpfennig was involved in the blood drive, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Vacation Bible School, Kids Against Hunger and tutoring. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in communications and public relations.

“The Hills Bank leadership training program has taught me several lessons about improving myself as a leader and a person,” Guldenpfennig said.

[PHOTO] Megan Guldenpfennig

  • Muscatine County 4-H’er Austin Kessler, 18, is the son of Jim and Ann Kessler, Walcott. In high school Kessler participated in 4-H, football, wrestling, track, drama and National Honor Society. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in education.
  • Washington County 4-H’er Ty Sexton, 18, is the son of Lyle and Stephanie Sexton, Ainsworth. In high school Sexton was involved in 4-H, Future Farmers of America and American Junior Chianina Association. He plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural engineering with minors in animal science and meat science.

“The Hills Bank leadership program has helped me become a better leader and gain qualities that I didn’t previously possess,” Sexton said.

  • Washington County 4-H’er Hayley Sieren, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Michele Sieren, Washington. In high school Sieren participated in 4-H, National Honor Society, cross country and student council. She plans to attend the University of Iowa to major in nursing.

“Through the leadership training, I have met new people and gained new self-developing leadership skills,” Sieren said.

[PHOTO] Hayley Sieren

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