Midland University/Pinnacle Bank announces 2023 leadership award winners
Four WHS students honored as "Outstanding High School Leaders" & awarded $25,000 renewable scholarships!
Pinnacle Bank and Midland University recently announced the winners of the 2023 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.
Four Wahoo High School juniors were among 52 students in the area selected to receive the award for 20223: Kenton Longenecker, Jesse Stebbing, Teagan Watts, and Avery Wieting.
Each honoree was nominated by WHS staff members. They then completed an application process, which included writing essays, and secured teacher recommendations that supported his or her bid to be named an award winner. A panel of leaders from Midland University, Pinnacle Bank, and the Fremont community then review applications and select recipients based on involvement, leadership roles, and attributes.
“We are honored to be celebrating the Outstanding High School Leader Awards program in partnership with Pinnacle Bank,” said Lori Ethier, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Midland University. “While the program has evolved to now include a scholarship to Midland, what hasn’t changed is the commitment made to honor and bring light to the character, leadership, and achievements displayed by standout students in the local community. It is truly amazing to read student applications each year and see the ways that students choose to make a difference for others through leadership and community service.”
Each award winner will receive a renewable $25,000 scholarship to Midland University, which will become a $100,000 educational prize for those students who pursue their education there!
Students will receive their awards at a ceremony held in the Kimmel Theatre on the Midland campus on Friday, March 31.
“The interests of these leaders is so varied, perhaps more so than any other year that this award has been offered," commented WHS Counselor John Harris. "Yet, all of these winners have one thing in common: a tremendous work ethic. Their classmates and teachers will agree that these students lead inside and outside of the classroom by example. They are well respected and are great representatives of our school and community.”
Congratulations leaders on this well-deserved honor!