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State Honoree

Davin Holste

Shenandoah, Iowa

Davin Holste, 13, of Shenandoah, Iowa, an eighth-grader at Shenandoah Middle School, volunteers in numerous ways to make his community a better place to live. “When I moved to my town a few years back, our community said that there was a lack of volunteerism,” said Davin. “This motivated me to work with my community.”

Davin has cleaned parks, posted water-pressure readings on fire hydrants, and made flag posts for a cemetery. He also has helped with a “Shop with a Cop” program to buy gifts for children in need at Christmastime, assisted with many food drives, and volunteered to help with a local Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast. At his church, Davin has helped provide Christmas gifts for children in need overseas. Recently, he also made a video to help students return to school safely after being sequestered at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Volunteering has helped make me a better person,” said Davin. “I learned that I can make a difference if I work my hardest.”