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Linn County 4-H’ers Receive Hills Bank and Trust Company Leadership Grants


AMES, Iowa – A $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to five Linn County 4-H’ers, Hannah Elliott, Kathleen Greif, Derek Huenecke, Camille Marie-Lidd and Carly Martin.

The Hills Bank and Trust Company Leadership Grant 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.

Hannah Elliott, Anamosa, is the daughter of Jill Elliott. In high school she was involved in drama and speech and served as assistant director for the elementary school musical. She also has been a Meals on Wheels, day care and library volunteer and helped lead youth groups in her community. Through 4-H she has served as club president, a state council member and a delegate to both the National 4-H Youth Congress and National 4-H Conference while also receiving state child development and citizenship project awards.

“The training program allowed me to get to know leaders from my area while sharing thoughts and views on leadership,” Elliott said. “I have learned my leadership strengths.”

A recent graduate of the Marion Homeschool Assistance Program, she plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in elementary education.

Kathleen Greif, Monticello, is the daughter of Jim and Sharon Greif. She was involved in 4-H, golf, student government, the National Council on Youth Leadership and the Iowa Arabian Horse Association throughout high school and served on the Linn County Horse Committee. In FFA she has served as chapter president, attended the Washington Leadership Conference and received the Iowa FFA degree. Greif also has received the President’s Education Award.

“The training program has taught me that leadership is not only about taking the reins. Good leadership involves understanding other people and their strengths,” she said. “Good leaders also carry positive attitudes and a passion for their activities.”

A recent graduate of North Linn High School, Greif plans to attend Iowa State University to major in landscape architecture.

Derek Huenecke, Lisbon, is the son of Tom and Michelle Huenecke. In high school he was active in student council, Win with Wellness, wrestling, track, speech and youth group. Receiving several accolades in sports, he was named an All-Conference and All-District baseball player and All-District football player where he was also awarded Academic All-State honors . Huenecke also has served as student body president, junior class treasurer and a football team co-captain.

“After the strengths finder and communication skills-building sessions, I learned how to focus on my strengths as a leader and to better communicate my views when in leadership positions,” he said.

A recent graduate of Lisbon High School, Huenecke plans to attend Iowa State University to major in graphic design.

Camille Marie-Lidd, Marion, is the daughter of Gia Marie. In high school she was involved in alternative strings, National Honor Society and the National Council on Youth Leadership while serving as orchestra president and receiving numerous awards for basketball. An All-Conference, All-District and All-State player, Marie-Lidd was selected for the class 4A select all-star team and the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association all-star team. She has also received class valedictorian, U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete and numerous scholarship honors for her work in and out of the classroom.

“The training program helped me step into my empowerment and leadership abilities more fully, which raised my confidence and enhanced the skills I need to succeed in any endeavor,” she said. “It reminded me that I can truly accomplish anything I set my mind to.”

A recent graduate of Washington High School, Marie-Lidd plans to attend Cornell College to major in psychology and statistics.

Carly Martin, Marion, is the daughter of David and Beth Martin. She was involved in softball, National Honors Society, Teens Against Drugs and Alcohol (TADA), youth group and the National Council on Youth Leadership in high school while receiving numerous athletic awards. A three-year state track qualifier, she has received softball honorable mention recognition and been a member of the 2008 state champion and 2009 state runner-up basketball teams. Martin also has served as class president and her 4-H club’s vice president.

“The training program taught me a lot about myself by showing me my stronger and weaker points,” she said. “I’m so glad I had the opportunity to participate in it because I feel like I have gained life-long lessons, skills and friendships.”

A recent graduate of Springville High School, Martin plans to attend Iowa State University to major in an agricultural field.

 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

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

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu