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.
4-H'er Kaythryn Costigan, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Beth Costigan, Center Point. In high school, Costigan was involved in 4-H, show choir, volleyball, jazz choir and the Spanish club. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in Spanish education.
“The Hills Bank leadership training has taught me the importance of having a positive attitude while being a leader,” said Costigan. “I learned that in order to lead anyone you have to be hard working and dedicated to the goal you want to achieve.”
Madison Esker, 18, is the daughter of Don and Becky Esker, Cedar Rapids. In high school, Esker participated in 4-H, cross-country and track. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in chemistry and pre-medicine.
“Simply being chosen for the program has given me a sense of confidence,” said Esker. “I wouldn’t say that my future plans changed, but the leadership meetings changed my outlook on a few things I previously feared: public speaking and other social situations. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this program.”
Ashlin Korf, 17, is the daughter of Rick and Kiley Harris, Marion. In high school, Korf was involved in National Honor Society, Take Charge, MHS Champs, basketball and track. She plans to attend Central College to major in elementary education.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program has helped me change and shape ideas about myself by teaching me new ways to better my public speaking and helping me carry myself in a more mature way,” Korf said.
Laura Moorman, 18, is the daughter of Al and Kathy Moorman, Coggon. In high school, Moorman participated in cross-country, basketball, track, Future Farmers of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America and student council. She plans to attend St. Ambrose University to major in exercise science.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program encouraged me to interact with others while improving my leadership skills, said Moorman. “It helped me understand my leadership qualities better which will help me in my future.”
Amanda Smith, 18, is the daughter of Phil and Kim Smith, Cedar Rapids. In high school, Smith was involved in YouthPOWER, the grant board, Town Meeting on Tomorrow, National Honor Society, speech, Key Club, student council, marching band and the National Council on Youth Leadership. She plans to attend the University of Iowa to major in pre-medicine and biomedical engineering.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program helped me understand the impact that I have on others,” Smith said.
Madison Wilkin, 18, is the daughter of Ward Wilkin and Mike and Jane Oglesby, Center Point. In high school, Wilkin participated in softball, basketball, volleyball, track, student council and the math team. She plans to attend Upper Iowa University to major in mathematics.
“The Hills Bank leadership training program has helped me learn what kind of leader I am today and has given me knowledge of the potential I have,” Wilkin said.