Extension News

Plymouth County 4-H Members Receive Scholarships


AMES, Iowa – Three Plymouth County 4-H members have been awarded 4-H scholarships. Brette Manthe, Merrill, received the $750 Kiser 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Contributors to Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Kiser Scholarship fund. Carissa Westergard, Akron, received the $1,000 Stakey 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Iowa 4-H Foundation, and Cayla Westergard, Akron, received the $1,500 Oster Journalism 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Merrill J. Oster of Cedar Falls.

Manthe, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Bruce and Lisa Manthe.  He has been involved with horse projects.  He was Iowa State Fair 2007 Champion Reining and has received numerous other awards for horse showing and presentation.  He served as vice-president, historian and treasurer of his 4-H club.  He also participated in the county 4-H council, area 4-H council and county youth committee.

“4-H has been such a big part of my life.  My involvement with 4-H has molded my interests, personalty and character,” Manthe said.  “It has helped me grow in many ways as a person by learning to make goals for myself and how to work to reach them.  I have also grown socially because of all the interactions with other people.  Through 4-H, I have gained qualities such as leadership skills and accountability, as well as a great appreciation for the people of my county and state.  I have been proud to represent Plymouth County and Iowa throughout my 4-H career.”

Manthe is a recent graduate of Le Mars Community High School.  He plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in animal science.

Carissa Westergard, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Carl and Colleen Westergard. She has been active in the project areas of food and nutrition, communications, clothing and leadership. She has held every office of her 4-H club and has participated in county, area and state 4-H councils. On the county level, she has received the “I Dare You” Award, Senior Spirit Award and was named Plymouth County’s fair queen. In school, Westergard was active in volleyball, dance team, the American Heart Association and served as the Student Body President and Student Council President.

“I have no doubt that my early experiences in 4-H have certainly formed the person I am today and the skills that I have developed,” said Westergard. “The organizational skills, leadership opportunities, and friendships made throughout my career in 4-H will forever play an important role in my life.” 


Westergard is a recent graduate of Akron-Westfield High School and plans to attend Iowa State University to major in diet and exercise science.  


Cayla Westergard, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Carl and Colleen Westergard. She has been active in communications, clothing, and photography and served as the president, vice-president and historian of her 4-H club. She has also participated in county and area 4-H councils, been named a National 4-H Congress delegate, Plymouth County fair queen and first runner-up Iowa State Fair queen.


“I am grateful for the experiences, confidence and passions that 4-H has instilled in me. These invaluable skills have given me a strong foundation of communication and leadership in which to mold my life around,” said Westergard. “I will continue to use what I’ve gained in 4-H in my future career and throughout my life.”


Westergard is a junior at Iowa State University, majoring in journalism and mass communication and family and consumer sciences. She is involved in ISU TV, Dance Marathon, ISU Foundation, United Way of Story County, Cardinal Key Honor Society and serves as the Pi Beta Phi sorority president.


In Iowa, the 4-H program is a part of Iowa State University Extension and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H, how to get involved or how to apply for a 4-H scholarship contact the local county office of ISU Extension.



Contacts :

Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu

David Neff, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, dneff@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu