Kiera Leddy is a senior at Milbank High School which is located in northeast South Dakota. Kiera has always been passionate about helping others and was inspired to do more to help feed the hungry at the age of 11 after she helped serve a meal with her church group to those less fortunate at The Banquet facility in her state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As a nine year member of her 4-H club, Kiera has served as an officer holding all club offices, and is currently serving as the club treasurer. While serving as the 4-H Club Community Service Officer, she coordinated several Kid’s Against Hunger® events packaging over 9,200 meals for children in Haiti. Kiera is also active on the South Dakota Statewide 4-H Council serving a 3-year term and currently serving as Treasurer of the 24 member council. Each year the council selects a community service project and in 2012 Kiera was instrumental in encouraging her fellow Grant County 4-H’ers to donate the most non-perishable food items across the state. In 2014, the statewide challenge was to “End Childhood Poverty” Kiera received grant funds through Sodexo Foundation and Disney Friends for Change to challenge the eight 4-H club’s in her county to a Feed the Need Food Drive. 4-H members collected over 1,000 items which were donated to the local food pantry.
Kiera is an active member of her high school, serving on Student Council, and currently serving as the Northern Lakes Region Vice-President. Through her involvement with Student Council, she has also participated in food drive challenges and as a sophomore her class won the challenge with 2,478 items donated. Kiera is a member of the National Speech and Debate Association and her junior year received the National Forensics League’s Degree of Superior Distinction. She has attended Student Congress since her freshman year and is a member of the high school choir and plays the trumpet in band. During the summer of 2013, she served as the MHS representative on the Mid-West Music Ambassador trip to Europe. She is currently serving as MHS Band Treasurer and has acted in the high school musicals. As a member of the Milbank FFA Chapter Kiera is currently serving as Chapter Vice-President. The chapter has been active in community service projects from collecting donations for tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma to raising funds for cancer research through “Pink Pumpkins for a Cure.” In addition, she has qualified through state competition for several Career Development Events at the National FFA Convention, placing in the top 16 for the FFA Creed Contest, 9th in FFA Job Interview and this year she won the National Award for the FFA Prepared Public Speaking Contest. In addition, she was a member of the NE South Dakota Range/Natural Resources Judging Team and competed in the National Contest in Oklahoma City, OK placing in the top 10. She was also a member of the South Dakota first place Meats Evaluation Team qualifying for national competition. In addition to all of Kiera’s extracurricular involvement, she places a high priority on academics and is a member of the National High School Honor Society.
Being active on the community level through volunteerism is something Kiera takes to heart. Her involvement with her church group serving others at a young age has led her to helping with an annual community-wide event known as “Giving is Golden” in an effort to restock the local food pantry for the holiday season. Kiera took it upon herself to contact the coordinator to make it a county-wide event. For the last four years, Kiera has been responsible for contacting the four rural communities in her area to set out and collect the food boxes. In addition, Kiera has also served on the Milbank Area Backpack Committee and has helped fill and deliver food supplies for area schools. Kiera was recognized for her community service work through the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for Volunteerism, the Nestle Very Best in Youth, and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Kiera believes that giving is something people of all ages can do, and many small actions of service can result in a big impact.
Kiera lives on a farm near Stockholm, South Dakota with her family. She enjoys ballet, tap, and jazz classes, baking, showing pigs, meat goats, and her herd of purebred Charolais cattle. She is a member of the American International Junior Charolais Association where she enjoys attending the Junior National Shows each summer. Kiera is known for her enthusiasm, her caring heart, and outgoing personality. She will be studying communications and aspires to be a lawyer and advocate for the agriculture industry.