Meet your Region 20 Rising Stars!

(Left to Right): Kelsey, Allison, Kelley

The Region 20 Rising Star Interns arrived in Southeast Iowa on May 14 and are already planning for the summer. They have received warm welcomes as they have traveled to the Lee, Louisa, Henry, and Des Moines County. Allison, Kelsey, and Kelley are excited to get started on introducing school-aged children to local produce. Get to know more about your Region 20 Rising Star Interns and stay tuned to find out more along the way!

Allison Hadley

Sophomore in Elementary Education

From Afton, Iowa

Allison Hadley heard about the Rising Star internship through her advisor at Iowa State University. She has always enjoyed teaching and working with others and promoting food and nutrition. She feels like Region 20 is a perfect fit for her. Allison is most excited to work with the children at the various schools through the Sharing from the Garden program and explore the many farmers markets in this region. When not working, Allison enjoys exercising, being outdoors and cooking or baking. She’s excited to take all her experience and knowledge gained this summer and apply it in her future career!

Kelsey Pretz

Senior in Agriculture and Life Sciences Education: Communications Option

From Columbus Junction, Iowa

Kelsey has always had a passion for agriculture and working with youth. She is looking forward to serving her own and surrounding local communities in hopes to educate the youth and consumers about the food system and promote local agriculture. After graduation, Kelsey is considering a career with ISU Extension and Outreach to continue to make a positive impact in communities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending weekends at pig shows with her family, boating on the river and of course fair time!

Kelley Harris

Senior in Family and Consumer Sciences

From Graettinger, Iowa

Kelley has always had a passion for food and nutrition and getting involved within the community. When she heard about the Rising Star Internship from a friend who was involved the previous year, she thought it sounded perfect for her. Kelley is most looking forward to getting to know the communities of Southeast Iowa and promoting a healthier lifestyle in today’s youth. In her free time, Kelley can be found out on the golf course, in the kitchen baking a pie, or reading Harry Potter.