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Johnson County 4-H'ers Receive Hills Bank and Trust Scholarships


AMES, Iowa – A $2000 scholarship has been awarded to five Johnson County students. Courtney Holubar, Andrew Mills, Gina Rayner, Ashley Vitosh and Rachelle Zehr each received a Hills Bank 4-H Scholarship sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company.

The Hills Bank 4-H Scholarship is awarded to as many as 20 students each year. The recipients, who apply during their junior year in high school, attend nine hours of leadership training sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company during their senior year. Afterward, they receive $500 per semester for two years. The scholarship may be used at any of Iowa's accredited universities, colleges or community colleges.

Courtney Holubar, Solon, is the daughter of Ron and Mary Holubar.  She was involved in activities such as school musicals, pep band, marching band, soccer, speech team, show choir, Bella Voce choir, jazz band and jazz choir.  She was also a member of the National Honor Society and prom committee.  She received awards for leadership, council positions and choir achievements.  Holubar was senior class vice-president, a varsity soccer team captain, president of the Graham Champions 4-H Club and a Diamond Dancer.

“In completing the Hills Bank leadership training, I’ve learned new and productive ways to be a leader in my school and community, as well as in the future as a college student,” Holubar said.  “From having a firm handshake, to having interesting conversations and making good eye contact, the program has taught me how to demonstrate leadership on a daily basis.

A recent graduate of Solon High School, she plans on attending the University of Northern Iowa to study elementary education.

Andrew Mills, Hills, is the son of Michael Mills and Kelly Mills-Lane.  He has been involved in activities including National Honor Society, Key club, the yearbook, baseball, basketball, football and mathlete.  He has been recognized for a Humanitarian Award, Kirkwood Presidential Scholarship and the Robert L. Sheker Memorial Scholarship.  He has shown his leadership capabilities by serving as the yearbook business manager.

“The Hills Bank Leadership training program has helped me to value the gifts I have been given and  use them to help others,” Mills said.  “It has changed my views about how important leadership is.”

A recent graduate of Regina High School, Mills plans to attend Kirkwood Community College, majoring in business administration and finance.

Gina Rayner of Lone Tree  is the daughter of Randy and Elaine Rayner.

“The leadership training has taught me to be a better listener so you are able to understand and best help those you are leading,” Rayner said.

During her high school career, Rayner has been involved in several major activities including basketball, track, softball, volleyball and speech, FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society and Student Council. Her achievements include All-Conference Softball and Basketball; Team Captain for basketball, track, softball and volleyball; and All-State Large Group Speech participant. She has received her FFA Star Greenhand and State FFA Degree.

Rayner also received state recognition for FFA State Ag Sales and participated in State Track events. She has taken advantage of leadership opportunities within her community by serving as the National Honor Society president, FFA vice president, 4-H club president and class president.

A recent graduate of Lone Tree Community School, Rasmussen plans to attend the University of Iowa, majoring in pre-medicine.

Ashley Vitosh, Iowa City, is the daughter of Mark and LeAnn Vitosh.  She was a participant in soccer and basketball.  She has received recognition for leading the soccer and basketball teams as their captain.  She was also inducted into the National Honor Society and Youth Salute programs.

“The program helped bring out my leadership skills and showed me how to use them in a variety of situations,” Vitosh said.  “The training sessions motivated me to step up and be a leader in every situation that I’m put in.  I’m looking forward to going into the field of education so I can use and pass on my leadership skills.”

A recent graduate of City High School, Vitosh plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in early childhood education.

Rachelle Zehr, Iowa City, is the daughterof Rick and Pam Zehr.  She has been involved in show choir, marching band, student senate, tennis and was the student body vice-president.  She has been recognized as a National Merit Scholarship finalist, National Honors Society member and a member of the Science National Honor Society.  She was awarded with the Presidential Academic Excellence Award, the Silver Cord Award in recognition for her community service and the Professional Educators of Iowa Teacher of Tomorrow award.

“The conferences about communication were the most helpful because they made me aware of the non-verbal ways people communicate, and have made me a better listener,” Zehr said.

A recent graduate of Iowa City High School, Zehr plans on attending Luther College, majoring in secondary education and biology.

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) 294-0775, dneff@iastate.edu

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