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4-H Foundation awards 2013 leadership grants

Jun 27, 2013

Eighteen 4-H scholarships have been awarded by Hills Bank and Trust Co. The company gave $1,000 leadership grants to Iowa students who completed a 4-H leadership program during their senior year of high school. These scholars were selected during their junior year of high school and were recognized upon completing the program earlier this year.
Three of those 18 scholarships were awarded to Washington County youth, two of them being Washington County 4-H members.
Washington County 4-H’er Mitchell Hora is the son of Brian and Theresa Hora. Hora has been a state wrestling qualifier, a member of the Washington County 4-H ELITE project team and a State 4-H Communication Project Award recipient. Holding numerous positions in both his local FFA and 4-H programs, he was class president at Washington High School, a member of the National Honor Society and chair of his prom committee.
“Through the Hills Bank and Trust Co. Leadership program I have become better in acting professionally and using my communication skills that will help me succeed in leading a group or a future business situation,” Hora said.
He will study agricultural systems technology at Iowa State University in the fall.
Another Washington County 4-H’er Leah Parrott, daughter of Evan and Kimberly Parrott, received the scholarship.
“At the Hills Bank and Trust Leadership program I learned that leaders are those that see the potential in others, and that help develop that potential to its fullest,” said Parrot, a Mid-Prairie High School graduate.
During her high school career she has been involved in 4-H, student council, FCCLA, National Honor Society, Small Town Heroes and the Mid-Prairie School Improvement Advisory Committee. In 2010, Parrott and other student leaders formed the Elementary Student Mentor Program. She considers the creation of the club one of her biggest accomplishments because of the benefits it provides to elementary students and the challenges it presents to high school students to serve as mentors. In the fall, she plans to major in agricultural business at Iowa State University.
Also receiving the scholarship was Washington County youth Whitni Patterson, daughter of Reg Patterson and Kim Strout. Patterson said becoming involved at Mid-Prairie High School all four years and branching out to find different interests were the keys to her success.
“Now, through the Hills Bank and Trust program, I know how important being a leader truly is and all of the characteristics that go along with leadership, which are all assets for my future,” she said.
Patterson was an active member of the student council and involved in FFA, FCCLA, prom committee, Dance Marathon Committee and yearbook staff. She was a member of the softball, basketball and volleyball squads. Patterson is planning on attending the University of Iowa to double major in business management and chemistry.

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