2012 4-H Scholarships: Page through Polk Counties

August 2012

Six Iowa 4-H members have received 4-H scholarships. Recipients are from Page, Plymouth, Pocahontas and Polk counties.

  • Page County 4-H’er Anna Smith, Clarinda, has received a $1,000 Tobin 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the family of J. Kelly and Irene Tobin. Smith, 18, is the daughter of John and Kelly Smith.

An eight-year 4-H member, Smith has been involved in the rabbits, photography, art, working demonstration and home improvement project areas. She served as club president, vice president and secretary. She plans to attend Iowa State University to major in biology.

“4-H has given me the drive to work hard and be creative,” Smith said. “It allowed me to learn and explore many areas from the arts to science and social issues.”

  • Plymouth County 4-H’er Rebecca Ahlers, Le Mars, has received a $1,000 Oster Journalism 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Merrill J. Oster. Ahlers, 20, is the daughter of John and Debra Ahlers.

Ahlers attends Iowa State University and is majoring in agronomy and journalism and mass communication. She is involved in Freshman Council, VEISHEA, Agronomy Club, Agronomy New Student Learning Community peer mentoring, Government of the Student Body and Alpha Zeta.

“My nine years and experiences in 4-H gave me all the luggage, maps and keys that I needed to load up and hit the open road to my life,” said Ahlers.

  • Plymouth County 4-H’er Ashley Ellensohn, Le Mars, has received a $500 Stratton 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Stratton Memorial and the Stratton family. Ellensohn, 19, is the daughter of Eric and Nicki Ellensohn.

Ellensohn attends Iowa State University and is majoring in animal science, pre-veterinary. She is involved in Block and Bridle, Pre-Vet Club, is the president of her residence hall and is a Hixson scholar.

“4-H helped me grow into the person I am today,” said Ellensohn.

  • Pocahontas County 4-H’er Ben Butcher, Palmer, has received a $500 Harding-Roth Family 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Roth family. Butcher, 20, is the son of Joe and Beth Butcher.

Butcher attends Iowa State University and is majoring in agronomy.

“4-H offered me many opportunities which helped me decide on my educational goal of becoming an agronomist,” said Butcher.

  • Polk County 4-H’er Ryan Roepsch, Des Moines, has received a $500 Pence Family Visual Art 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Cheryl and David Pence. Roepsch, 18, is the son of Bob and Emily Roepsch.

A nine-year 4-H member, Roepsch has been involved in the communication, food and nutrition, leadership, visual art and photography project areas. He served as club president, secretary and recreation leader. He plans to attend Northwest Iowa Community College.

“In 4-H, I had the opportunity to be a leader in my club and in my county,” said Roepsch.

  • Polk County 4-H’er Hannah Thayer, Urbandale, has received a $1,000 Goering Communication 4-H Scholarship sponsored by the Don and Doris Goering endowment. Thayer, 18, is the daughter of David and Barb Thayer.

A nine-year 4-H member, Thayer has been involved in the communication, clothing, food, home improvement and photography project areas. She served as club president. She plans to attend the University of Iowa.

“4-H made me realize my love for talking to people and getting to know them better,” said Thayer.

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