Kellen Vohland, 14, of Laramie, Wyoming, a member of Albany County 4-H and an eighth-grader at Laramie Middle School, is a dedicated volunteer who devotes significant time to projects benefiting her school, community and environment. Kellen’s community service projects include helping with 4-H activities, serving as manager of her school’s wrestling team, working with students who have special needs as a peer counselor, and assisting with an annual wetlands fundraising banquet. “My world is filled with thoughtful people who encourage me to find strength in myself and to live my happiest life,” said Kellen. For her, a big part of being happy is helping others. “I learned quickly that giving back to others is a reward in itself.”
As vice president of her 4-H club, Kellen assists with club activities and community service projects, including helping with an appreciation dinner, guiding tours at the county fair and assisting younger club members with crafts and other projects. Her job as school wrestling manager is to check out gear, weigh in kids before matches, clean up the mats and keep the wrestlers focused. One of Kellen’s favorite things is working with children with special needs. On a daily basis, she works with one of 10 students with special needs at her school, alternating so that she gets to know all of them. She teaches basic hygiene and simple tasks, and enjoys speaking with them. “When I spend time with someone who has special needs, I feel like I’m the one who is blessed,” said Kellen.