The following youth 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 4-H’er Kelsi Gensley, 18, is the daughter of Kandi Gensley, South Amana. In high school, Gensley participated in 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA), student council, National Honor Society and volleyball. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in animal science, pre-veterinary medicine and horticulture.
“The leadership training was very inspiring and always made me think of the positives in any situation,” Gensley said.
Johnson County youth Kelley Fliehler, 17, is the daughter of John and Shirley Fliehler, Iowa City. In high school, Fliehler was involved in volleyball, basketball, National Honor Society and volunteering. She plans to attend Iowa State University.
“The leadership training helped me improve my public speaking skills and interviewing skills by teaching me conversation skills,” Fliehler said.
Johnson County 4-H’er Morgan Sladek, 18, is the daughter of Steve and Sherry Sladek, Iowa City. In high school, Sladek participated in 4-H, dance, youth council, a youth advisory panel and student council. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agriculture business and to minor in Spanish or international studies.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program has made me realize how important leadership, citizenship and communication is to me as I grow up and start my own life out in the real world,” Sladek said.
Johnson County youth Alyssa Waldschmidt, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Nancy Waldschmidt, Lone Tree. In high school, Waldschmidt was involved in band, jazz band, track, cross-country and speech. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural engineering.
“The Hills Bank scholarship leadership grant has helped me to learn my strengths and how they can be best utilized,” Waldschmidt said.
Keokuk County youth Jerica Gretter, 18, is the daughter of Kenny and Angie Gretter, Harper. In high school, Gretter participated in basketball, volleyball, track and National Honor Society. She plans to attend Mount Mercy University to major in nursing.
“This Hills Bank leadership training program has helped to show me how important it is to be the kind of leader that does the little things to better those around them,” Gretter said.