DuBois/Gatewood/Kavan/Lausterer/Masek/Stuchlik/Vasa recognized for leadership ability and achievement; each awarded $25,000 renewable scholarship to Midland University
Pinnacle Bank and Midland University recently announced the winners of the 2020 Pinnacle Bank/Midland University Outstanding High School Leaders Award. The award is presented to Nebraska high school juniors to acknowledge leadership ability and achievement, skills vital to future endeavors, and desired qualities at Pinnacle Bank and Midland University.
Seven Wahoo High School juniors were selected to receive the award. Each honoree completed an application that included writing essays and securing teacher recommendations that supported his or her bid to be named an award winner. Congratulations to Sam DuBois, Tessa Gatewood, Lauren Kavan, Sebastian Lausterer, Madison Masek, Sydney Stuchlik, and Melody Vasa.
Sam DuBois, when writing about the definition of an effective leader, stated, "I feel like the best leader is chosen by their peers. A person can be a good leader by self-nomination, but it is much harder to do. A leader can only be only as effective as the people they're leading want them to be.”
Each winner was asked to discuss two or three values that he or she felt that effective leaders possess.
Sydney Stuchlik identified empathy as a key value.
“Empathy is important when being a leader. One must be able to put him or herself in others' shoes and be vulnerable when being a leader,” Stuchlik commented.
Melody Vasa agreed that empathy is an important quality for a leader to possess.
"I care so much about other people and I can help them through their problems with my empathy a lot of the time,” Vasa stated.
Finally, each winner identified people who contributed to his or her development as a leader.
Madison Masek gleaned some of her leadership skills from American author, speaker, and pastor John C. Maxwell.
“Your attitude towards failure determines your attitude after failure," wrote Maxwell. Masek wrote in her essay, ”I live by this quote. I know that if I have a bad attitude towards something, I am never going to reach the goals I have in mind.”
Each award winner will receive a renewable $25,000 scholarship to Midland University, which could ultimately become a $100,000 educational prize!
“Pinnacle Bank and Midland University have to be commended for their commitment to fostering leadership growth in our youth,” said Wahoo Public Schools Counselor John Harris. “Our postsecondary schools give large scholarships to those students who can run fast or score exceptionally well on a standardized test. In my opinion, it is equally important to the development of our nation that we identify and reward students who demonstrate great leadership potential. Then, as is done with scholars and athletes, nurture that development in college.”
School honors its 14 past/present NMSC award finalists and semifinalists
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Wahoo Public Schools Superintendent Brandon Lavaley stated, “There is no one factor that determines who will be worthy of being successful."
Recently, several NMSC finalists from Wahoo High School gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the school’s newest academic recognition board: the National Merit Scholarship Program award board. WHS has had 14 semifinalists or finalists in the history of the award program, which started in 1955.
According to the NMSC’s website: "National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) was established in 1955 — a time in which there was concern that the United States was lagging behind in the cold war scientific race, but the public was indifferent to rewarding intellectual accomplishment. In response, the National Merit Scholarship Program was founded to identify and honor scholastically talented American youth and to encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest.”
Every year since, high school juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship competition when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students scoring in the top 0.5% in each state are recognized as program semifinalists and, after additional testing and supporting documentation have been submitted, the NMSC selects its award finalists. In addition to the honor of being named a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist, winners receive significant academic scholarships from corporations, colleges or universities.
WHS’s first finalist, Bob Urban, was named an award finalist in 1956. After receiving a Regents scholarship to Nebraska University (there were no other schools in the university system at that time), Urban studied mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, he earned a master’s degree from Purdue and worked for Western Electric. He developed a love for working on cars, motorcycles and playing bridge. When asked for a piece of advice to share with today’s students who are pursuing academic success, he stated that students should learn to be useful.
Ian Hoppe, a 2009 NMSC finalist, is currently working on a master’s degree in disease ecology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His studies have taken him around the globe, including stops in Australia and Papua, New Guinea. He encouraged students who are striving for high academic achievement to remember to focus on each learning opportunity as it happens and live life one step at a time.
Another Wahoo NMSC award winner, Caleb Groff (2018), was studying abroad in New Zealand and unable to attend the celebration. Through written communication, the aerospace engineer who is currently attending Iowa State University, mentioned that he chose to enter the NMSC competition after taking his Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. He also said that the competition seemed like a great opportunity to not only help pay for college, but also to get his foot in the door at major universities and corporations.
University of Alabama student and NMSC finalist Anna Dobesh (2019) is currently studying biology and psychology. While attending Wahoo High School, Anna completed 12 dual-credit classes. She carefully planned which classes she enrolled in, and as she is contemplating exactly what she will do after she graduates from college, Anna encouraged today’s high school students to be goal-oriented and plan for future success.
The newest NMSC finalist, Alex Tomjack, was named a finalist one month ago. He plans to attend the University of North Texas next fall and study computer science. Fond of building computers and playing golf for fun, Alex also enjoys working collaboratively. Currently a mentor at WHS, Alex values teamwork and recommends that students who are seeking academic goals shouldn’t forget to use all resources that are made available to them. Alex’s father, Clayton Tomjack, was also present at the celebration. He summed up the celebration by saying, "Don’t underestimate the significance of the (NMSC) opportunity. You will not win a NMSC scholarship without taking the PSAT test."
Past WHS award winners listed on the Board: Phyllis Barry (1967), Elizabeth Borreson (1968), Kenneth Richards (1968), Marlene Miller (1971), Danny Barry (1979), Mark Smith (1979), Thomas Thompson (1979), Stacy Motes (1986), and Andrew Knudsen (1998).
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WHS Junior Melissa Ford won $50 by capturing first place in the high school division of the Sixth Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Short Story Contest. Ford, along with the winners of the middle school and adult divisions, was . . .
Two First Place Winners Advance to State Competition
Six Wahoo High School students recently won prizes in the American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest. This year students wrote on the topic, “American’s Veterans Past and Present—why we need to honor them.” First . . .
Wahoo’s Eric Curran recently competed in the March 14 State Poetry Out Loud Finals in Lincoln. Curran gave a strong performance as he recited “Annabel Lee” and “O Captain! My Captain!” While the judges did . . .
WHS Senior Has Potential to Compete at Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Senior Eric Curran gave an awesome performance at the March 1 Poetry Out Loud Regional held at Westside High School in Omaha. Curran’s performance placed him in the top three finishers, so he will advance to the State Championship . . .
Wahoo Public Schools Senior Matt Myers has been selected as the KPTM News Scholar Athlete of the Week, to be aired during the 9:00 p.m. news on Wednesday, September 24. The segment will be aired at approximately 9:30 p.m. . . .
Callan Takes Award with "Snake Eyes"
WHS Junior Alex Callan placed second place, winning $200, in the Midland Lutheran College Short Story Contest. Callan won for his war story “Snake Eyes.” Sixty students from fifteen different schools entered the . . .
Wahoo High School English teacher Larry Fangman and Wahoo junior Eric Curran spoke at the recent quarterly board meeting of the Nebraska Arts Council held at the Wahoo Public Library. Curran recited the two poems he recently . . .
Will Represent WHS at Upcoming State Competition
Junior Eric Curran defeated ten other finalists to win the second annual Wahoo High School Poetry Out Loud School Championship. Curran recited the poems, “Discrimination” by Kenneth Rexroth and “Experience” by Ralph . . .
'The Poetry Menu' Event Takes Place January 20
On Sunday, January 20, Wahoo High School students Kinsey Clark and Ashley Jordan will be two of the featured poets on Young Artists Night at the Holland Center in Omaha. Twelve young poets will read from their original works. The public . . .
Thomsen and Hoppe will join 123 others from across Nebraska
Attorney General Jon Bruning has announced that Wahoo High School students Alison Thomsen and Ian Hoppe are among 125 high school juniors and seniors selected from across Nebraska to serve on the Attorney General’s Youth Advisory . . .
Artistically, while most people find it difficult to create a simple stick figure, students of the Wahoo High School Art Class have no such problem. Many artists have submitted their original works to The Nebraska State Visual Art Awards for . . .