2012 Pioneer Community College Scholarships Awarded to Iowa 4-H’ers

AMES, Iowa -- Nineteen Iowa 4-H members have received $500 Pioneer Community College 4-H scholarships sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Recipients are from Audubon, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Delaware, Franklin, Hancock, Iowa, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lyon, Mitchell, Shelby and Wayne counties.

  • Audubon County 4-H’er Clara Lauritsen, Exira, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Lauritsen, 18, is the daughter of Scott and Denise Lauritsen.

An eight-year 4-H member, Lauritsen has been involved in the beef, sheep and photography project areas. She served as club president, vice president and secretary. She plans to attend Iowa Western Community College to major in animal science.

“As an older 4-H member, I have become more involved in the organization,” Lauritsen said. “Being an active member has taught me a great deal of leadership skills that I will keep with me throughout my life.”

  • Cedar County 4-H’er Gena Van Den Berghe, Stockton, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Van Den Berghe, 18, is the daughter of Steven Van Den Berghe and Stephanie Van Den Berghe.

A nine-year 4-H member, Van Den Berghe has been involved in the food and nutrition, beef, communication and photography project areas. She served as club president. She plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agricultural journalism.

“4-H has taught me how to be a significant leader, helped me develop great communication skills and most of all taught me how to help others,” said Van Den Berghe.

  • Cerro Gordo 4-H’er Matthew Sturges, Rockwell, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Sturges, 18, is the son of Sheree Sturges.

A nine-year 4-H member, Sturges has been involved in the welding, mechanics, shooting sports, woodworking and photography project areas. He served as club president, vice president and treasurer. He plans to attend North Iowa Area Community College to major in welding and pre-engineering.

“Being in 4-H has helped me assume more responsibility in my life with animals, projects and group activities,” said Sturges.

  • Clayton County 4-H’er Angela Sperfslage, Edgewood, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Sperfslage, 18, is the daughter of Michael and Dianne Sperfslage.

A nine-year 4-H member, Sperfslage has been involved in the visual art, family heritage, swine, beef and horticulture project areas. She served as club vice president, community service leader and planner and treasurer. She plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in floral careers and horticulture.

“The 4-H program has shaped me into who I am,” said Sperfslage.

  • Delaware County 4-H’er Carrie Voelker, Ryan, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Voelker, 18, is the daughter of Norman and Julie Voelker.

A nine-year 4-H member, Voelker has been involved in the photography, food and nutrition, dairy, visual art and home improvement project areas. She served as club reporter and historian. She plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in floral careers.

“4-H has helped me develop communications skills and become a responsible adult,” said Voelker.

  • Franklin County 4-H’er Clayton Miller, Latimer, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Miller, 18, is the son of Marsha Miller and the late Therron Miller.

A nine-year 4-H member, Miller has been involved in the woodworking and sheep project areas. He served as club president and vice president. He plans to attend North Iowa Area Community College to major in animal science.

“I have been a livestock exhibitor through 4-H since fourth grade,” Miller said. “Through this opportunity I have learned responsibility and communication skills.”

  • Franklin County 4-H’er Curtis Rieks, Alden, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Rieks, 18, is the son of Chris and Carolyn Rieks.

A nine-year 4-H member, Rieks has been involved in the woodworking, swine, rabbits, poultry and ducks project areas. He served as club vice president, treasurer and reporter. He plans to attend Hawkeye Community College to major in diesel mechanics.

“4-H has helped me become more responsible each day, and taught me how to deal with changes,” said Rieks.

  • Hancock County 4-H’er Taylor Kluver, Britt, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Kluver, 18, is the daughter of Lynn and DeEtta Kluver.

A nine-year 4-H member, Kluver has been involved in the clothing, swine, beef, photography and home improvement project areas. She served as club vice president. She plans to attend North Iowa Area Community College to major in agricultural business.

“4-H has been a big part of my life and has given me an opportunity to grow and express my passion for agriculture,” said Kluver.

  • Iowa County 4-H'er Levi Grabau, Williamsburg, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Grabau, 19, is the son of Allen and Linda Grabau.

A nine-year 4-H member, Grabau has been involved in the welding, woodworking, mechanics/restoration, market steer and breeding beef project areas. He plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in diesel mechanics.

"4-H has helped me do things to the best of my ability," said Grabau.

  • Iowa County 4-H’er Zach Lukas, Amana, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Lukas, 18, is the son of Allen and Amy Lukas.

A nine-year 4-H member, Lukas has been involved in the woodworking, food and nutrition, photography, consumer management and visual art project areas. He served as club president, vice president and historian. He plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agriculture.

“4-H has helped me grow as an individual and as a community member,” said Lukas.

  • Iowa County 4-H’er Trenton Maschmann, Victor, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Maschmann, 18, is the son of Diane Maschmann and the late Scott Maschmann.

A nine-year 4-H member, Maschmann has been involved in the beef, photography and communication project areas. He served as club president, vice president and secretary. He plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agricultural production management.

“4-H has taught me to be a hard worker because without that, you will never get anything accomplished,” said Maschmann.

  • Jasper County 4-H’er Kole Wilson, Newton, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Wilson, 18, is the son of Jeff and Stacey Wilson.

A nine-year 4-H member, Wilson has been involved in the swine, photography, communications, horse and record keeping project areas. He served as club president, vice president and treasurer. He plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agricultural studies.

“4-H has shown me the importance of a good work ethic and the importance of helping,” said Wilson.

  • Jefferson County 4-H’er Justin Godwin, Libertyville, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Godwin, 18, is the son of Ben and Lynn Godwin.

A nine-year 4-H member, Godwin has been involved in the market beef, breeding beef, citizenship, woodworking and child development project areas. He served as club secretary and reporter. He plans to attend Indian Hills Community College to major in electrical and renewable energy.

“I don’t believe I would have been as involved in volunteerism if I would not have had the early influence of 4-H and the program’s encouragement of community involvement,” said Godwin.

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Rebecca Haugland, Solon, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Haugland, 18, is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland.

A nine-year 4-H member, Haugland has been involved in the rabbit, food and nutrition, home improvement, dog and agriculture and natural resources project areas. She served as club president and historian. She plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in agriculture.

“Before I joined 4-H, I was very shy,” Haugland said. “4-H gave me great communication skills through educational presentations, extemporaneous speaking and county youth council activities.”

  • Johnson County 4-H’er Mallory Kinney, Oxford, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Kinney, 18, is the daughter of Tim and Nancy Kinney.

A nine-year 4-H member, Kinney has been involved in the horse and pony, dog, photography, woodworking and visual art project areas. She served as club president and vice president. She plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to major in veterinary technology.

“4-H has helped me to have more organizational skills along with leadership skills,” said Kinney.

  • Lyon County 4-H’er Kelsey Schilling, Little Rock, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Schilling, 17, is the daughter of Joe and Sandy Schilling.

A nine-year 4-H member, Schilling has been involved in the visual art and home improvement project areas. She served as club treasurer and photographer. She plans to attend Iowa Western Community College to major in veterinary technology.

“Because of 4-H, I am now a more confident person, and looking forward to my future career,” said Schilling.

  • Mitchell County 4-H’er Erica Eastman, Riceville, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Eastman, 18, is the daughter of Steve and Deanna Eastman.

A nine-year 4-H member, Eastman has been involved in the beef, sheep, citizenship, photography and home improvement project areas. She served as club president, treasurer and secretary. She plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College.

  • Shelby County 4-H’er Kyle Arkfeld, Earling, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Arkfeld, 18, is the son of Brian and Mary Arkfeld.

A seven-year 4-H member, Arkfeld has been involved in the poultry, mechanics and restoration and food and nutrition project areas. He plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College to major in agricultural business.

“Belonging to 4-H has given me the direction that helped me choose my career path,” said Arkfeld.

  • Wayne County 4-H’er Jacob Snow, Lineville, received a Pioneer Community College 4-H Scholarship. Snow, 18, is the son of Brentt and Krista Snow.

A nine-year 4-H member, Snow has been involved in the beef, mechanical and engineering, woodworking, photography, science and home improvement project areas. He served as club president. He plans to attend Indian Hills Community College to major in sustainable agriculture.

“The years I have been involved in 4-H have helped me become more responsible and a good influence on others,” said Snow.

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