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Alumni Spotlight: Steven Brockshus

From club president to entrepreneur, our next alum used his experiences in 4-H to create opportunities.

Steven Brockshus was an Ocheyedan Indian 4-H’er from Osceola county. Some of his projects included; showing dairy, chickens, food & nutrition, home garden, sewing, and much more. He also participated in the Share-the-Fun with his club and made it to the State Fair. He recalls showing chickens and cows at the county fair were among his favorite 4-H memories. 
“Growing up in the country, I always loved going to the county fair. My older brother was in 4-H and I remember helping my dad lead and clipping calves with my brother,” says Brockshus. “Once I was old enough to join, I signed up right away and participated in every club activity I could. Our club was big on community service, fair projects and showing animals at the county fair – so that is a lot of what I did.” Looking back, Brockshus shares how 4-H taught him how to create a plan and stick to a project. It also taught him…
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Alumni Spotlight: Lindsay Mickelson

When one thinks of 4-H, they might not jump to music. However, 4-H allows youth to develop skills that help in areas of creativity and performance. Lindsay Mickelson was a Dayton Tiger 4-H’er from Webster County. Involved in several project areas, she loved to show pigs at county and State Fair, cattle for a couple years, photography, baking and Share the Fun.
“I have so many great memories from 4-H. From playing cards in the cattle barns with friends to earning trophies for raising a fine-looking pig,” says Mickelson.
“Fair time was always my favorite time of year because it combined my two favorite things: hanging out with friends and tending to the animals. I can remember the first year when I started 4-H, we had our calves so tame we would lay on them in the barn, just because they would let us. Half the time the calves couldn’t care less, as long as they had food and water, they were happy.”
Mickelson identifies 4-H as a steppingstone growing up, teaching her how to communicate…

Alumni Spotlight: Molly Foley

Molly Foley never imagined the path her past five years has taken. What started as a summer internship in Washington D.C. brought her to now work for the Governor of Iowa. What’s more evident in her story is the foundation 4-H built to help her succeed on a daily basis.

Foley was a member of the Palestine Peppy Pushers in Huxley, IA. She was active in many project areas including horse, beef, sheep, food & nutrition, communications, citizenship and leadership. An initial standout memory for Foley was the Junior Sheep Showman class in 2003 at the Story County Fair. She had been practicing sheep showmanship all summer and was disappointed to be the first one pulled out of the line-up by the judge. (Normally means you are not in contention for the top of the class). After lining up the rest of the junior showmen, the judge began explaining to the crowd about the class.
“The last sentence out of his mouth is one I still remember to this day: ‘I’m going to go with the young lady all …

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Stallman

From Granger, IA to Los Angeles, CA, Sarah Stallman is making her music dreams a reality. Stallman was a Dallas Discoverers 4-H Club member. She was involved in multiple projects including horses, food & nutrition, rabbits, cats, dogs, educational presentations and working exhibits. A favorite memory for Stallman was an annual cheeseball fundraiser her club did that was a huge event for them.
“I remember being in the school gym with all the club members and their parents, getting our hands all messy rolling up these cheese balls with different nuts and flavors and whatnot. We spent a lot of time on them, and just laughed and had fun while we worked hard at making our handmade product for our community.”
4-H provides opportunities youth would not necessarily get to experience in other avenues. For Stallman, that was citizenship projects. “Engaging in community service that expanded beyond my immediate family and friends was not something I would have pursued on my own, and 4-H sho…

Alumni Spotlight: Landra Reece

Landra Reece is starting a legacy, a legacy of service and keeping Iowa 4-H strong. And she’s still in college! Reece is a student at Drake University majoring in Environmental Science. During the summer she works for the Iowa DNR as a water patrol officer. “In 4-H, I was able to volunteer, network, and work in natural resources and outdoor recreation programming, this helped me get to where I am today,” says Reece. “4-H really gave me a heart of service and a want to always help others, which I am proud to still have today.”

Reece started her 4-H career in the Montana Miners Club in Boone, Iowa. She was involved in many of the project areas which gave her a very well-rounded experience. Some projects included Food & Nutrition, Photography, Clothing & Fashion, Communication, Safety & Education in Shooting Sports, Outdoor Adventures, Environment & Sustainability, Dog and Sheep.
“I think 4-H set me aside from my peers in helping me learn communication, time management, l…

Alumni Spotlight: Kallen Anderson

If you want someone with a wide variety of 4-H experience, Kallen Anderson is your person. Anderson served as an officer in her Lost Grove Leader 4-H club from 5th grade on. As a Webster County 4-H’er she was on the County Council, the Central Area Council, State 4-H Council and participated in the Citizenship Washington Focus and National Congress trips. For projects, Anderson heavily participated in food and nutrition, clothing, fashion review, clothing selection, personal development, horticulture, cat, communication events, and home improvement project areas. She had a few years of showing sheep and bottle calves thrown in there as well.
“4-H has impacted me in so many ways, from the friends I’ve met, skills I’ve learned, and the experiences I’ve had,” Anderson says. “However, I think the most impactful thing 4-H taught me was how to break the mold. How to be different than those around me and be confident in that. 4-H gave me the confidence to actually be myself and be who I wan…

Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Stine

A Dallas County 4-H Alumni is representing Iowa 4-H well in her duties as the 2020 Iowa Miss United States Agriculture.
Alexis Stine was a member of the Dallas County Aggies and Dallas County Saddlelites 4-H clubs. In her time as a 4-H’er she enjoyed showing her horse and rabbit- always with a fondness for the showmanship class.
“Showmanship was one of my favorite classes out of all my animals that I brought to the fair because it gave me a chance to show how much I had learned about my animal and the amount of dedication we had to our project.”


           The lessons of animal husbandry and record keeping that she learned through 4-H propelled her into her education at Iowa State University. Stine is currently a junior studying Animal Science and minoring in Agricultural Business.
However, Stine’s drive to advocate for the agriculture industry did not stop in Ames. She represented Story County in 2019 as the Story County Miss United States Agriculture. “The Miss United States Agriculture…