The following youth 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 4-H’er Spencer Feldman, 18, is the son of Alan and Angie Feldman, West Liberty. In high school, Feldman participated in football, basketball, track, student council, National Honor Society and 4-H. He plans to attend St. Ambrose University to major in industrial engineering.
“The Hills Bank leadership program has made me a better leader,” Feldman said.
Muscatine County 4-H’er Hannah Miller, 18, is the daughter of Rob and Brenda Miller, West Liberty. In high school, Miller was involved in basketball, track, choir, show choir, marching band, jazz band and 4-H. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in chemical engineering and Spanish.
“In the Hills Bank leadership training program, I learned a lot about how to present myself to society,” said Miller. “I was taught about communication skills and leadership styles that will help me succeed at Iowa State University.”
Muscatine County youth Diego Rocha, 17, is the son of Lorenzo and Enedelia Rocha, West Liberty. In high school, Rocha participated in basketball, student council and National Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Iowa to major in biomedical engineering.
“This program has helped me become a better leader and helped me identify what types of leaders we will need in the future,” Rocha said.
Washington County 4-H’er Sarah Altenhofen, 18, is the daughter of Rob and Julie Altenhofen, Wellman. In high school, Altenhofen was involved in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, student council and dance. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in agricultural engineering.
“This program has taught me that there is more than one way to be a leader and that a leader needs to be attentive to the needs of the people in their community,” Altenhofen said.
Washington County 4-H’er Austin Knupp, 18, is the son of Zeus Knupp and Jackie Knupp, Washington. In high school, Knupp participated in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, football, wrestling, track and baseball. He plans to attend Coe College to play football and major in agriculture business administration.
“This program does a job great of at teaching you the little things that are important in becoming a great success,” Knupp said.
Washington County 4-H’er Shawna Sieren, 18, is the daughter of Scott and Renee Sieren, Keota. In high school, Sieren was involved in 4-H, volleyball, basketball, track, softball, band, choir, speech, drama, student council, National Honor Society and Rock ’n’ Prevention. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in athletic training.
“I have learned many skills that will help me become a better leader through this program,” said Sieren. “I have learned that positive thinking is the key to success and that sharing that positivity can change how other people feel.”