Welcome Region 5 Rising Stars!

Welcome Region 5 Rising Stars!

The Region 5 Rising Star interns have arrived! On Monday of this week, we toured the Woodbury and Monona county offices and met a lot of the people we will be working with this summer.  In Onawa, we got a chance to help in a germination lesson at the West Monona Elementary School and guide the kids in planting the school garden.  On Tuesday, we all traveled to Le Mars to learn about food handling safety and get an introduction to the Power of Produce (PoP) camp program.  Wednesday we enjoyed a potluck for lunch with the Woodbury and Midtown office staff.  We’re looking forward to working with the Region 5 staff and community and making a #STRONGIOWA

(from left to right) Allison, Claire, and Gustavo


Gustavo Flores

“The more we plan activities and camps, the more excited I get!”

Hometown: Denison, IA

Major: Nutritional Science

Favorite food: Sesame chicken

Fun Fact: I’ve biked across the state of Iowa


Allison Bermel

“I am looking forward to learning more about ISU Extension and Outreach while working in the community.”

Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Major: Interior Design

Favorite food: Burritos

Fun Fact: I was in 4-H for eight years


Claire Groth

“I am looking forward to sharing my love of food with the Region 5 communities and learning more about different ways to use local produce.”

Hometown: St. Ansgar, IA

Major: Dietetics

Favorite food: Chips and salsa

Fun Fact: I grew up on a pig farm and love to help out with the piglets


Enjoying lunch at a local favorite, La Juanita’s