Allamakee County 4-H College Scholarships distributed at local Senior Awards events

4-H Scholarship winners from Waukon High School ...
Awarded 4-H Scholarships at the Waukon High School Senior Awards ceremony in May were, left to right in above photo, Nolan Hagen, Bethany Stock, Brock Berns and Megan Leiran. Submitted photo.

Five Allamakee County 4-H members were each awarded a $250 scholarship at their school’s Senior Awards ceremony in May. Waukon High School graduating seniors Nolan Hagen, Brock Berns, Megan Leiran and Bethany Stock, and Hannah Lage of Postville High School each received an Allamakee County 4-H College Scholarship sponsored by the Allamakee County Agriculture Extension District of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Hagen, a nine-year 4-H member of the Lansing Blackhawks, is the son of Jon and Amy Hagen of Waterville. During his 4-H career, he participated in several community service projects, along with being active in County Council. Hagen has also participated in beef and horse projects. He will attend Northeast Iowa Community College in the fall majoring in Beef Science.

Berns, a nine-year 4-H member, is the son of Brad and Erin Berns of Waukon and has been an active member of the Elon PMC 4-H club. Berns has participated in livestock projects including sheep, goats and beef, and some of his favorite 4-H memories include the Allamakee County Fair. He will attend Northeast Iowa Community College majoring in Agriculture Business and Beef Science Technology.

Leiran, a member of the Clover Chasers 4-H Club, is a nine-year 4-H member and the daughter of Steve and Nancy Leiran of Waterville. She has been involved in the horse project most of her 4-H career and has served many leadership roles within her club and also served as a County Council member. Leiran assisted her club with many community service projects and enjoyed traveling to Washington, D.C. as part of a 4-H Citizenship Club. She will attend Iowa State University in the fall majoring in Agriculture.

Stock, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Kent and Rhonda Stock of Waukon. She has held several officer positions as a member of her 4-H club, the Clover Chasers, and also served in leadership positions on County Council. During her 4-H career, Stock participated in beef, communications, home improvement, leadership and citizenship projects. She plans to attend Upper Iowa University to major in Business Administration and Agricultural Business.

Lage, a nine-year 4-H member, is the daughter of Greg and Amy Lage of Postville. During her 4-H career, Lage participated in several community service projects, including helping her 4-H club, the Cherry Valley Chums, plan and organize a 5K run/walk during the Big 4 Fair. Lage has also participated in beef, wood working, visual arts and sewing projects. She will major in Sonography and Radiology at Viterbo University this fall.

All five scholarship winners feel that their experiences in 4-H have helped them become more active in their community and have helped them build leadership skills.  “Head, Heart, Hands and Health are the four building blocks of 4-H,” says Morgan Bjerke, County Youth Coordinator. “Each one of the scholarship recipients will walk away with different 4-H experiences and memories, but they have all come together for one reason, to make the best better.”

For more information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Morgan Bjerke at the Allamakee County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office in Waukon at 563-568-6345.