Nana Abenaa Wright, Seward High Senior, was named the March Seward Rotary Club Youth Rotarian of the Month. She is the daughter of Arif Wright and Maria Owusu. Nana Abenna was introduced and recognized at the March 1, 2017 Rotary Club meeting at the Jones National Bank and Trust Auditorium in Seward at their luncheon meeting. She was presented various Rotary mementos and a Rotary Club banner. Nana Abenaa Wright was presented with a Rotary book scholarship and is a finalist for the Youth Rotarian of the Year.
Nana Wright is a very involved young women at Seward High. She has been an involved leader and member of the Family Community Career Leaders of American (FCCLA) for three years, as well as playing a leadership role with the SHS Key Club for two years-working closely with the Senior Citizen Prom. She is also a member of the ‘IBELONG” service organization/group.
Fine Arts are important to Nana and she has been involved in the SHS speech team for two years, winning first in Poetry and Duet at the Concordia University Tourney this year and was a Conference Medalist in both Poetry and Duet. She has also been involved with the Drama team (OID) at SHS and participated in the various Nebraska State Fair contests in the Education Division. She enjoyed a lead role in the SHS Competition One Act and was one of nine local VFW Voice of Democracy Speech finalists locally, and placed third on the District level in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. She has also been involved in Poetry Out Loud, competing on the local level.
Academics are important to Nana Abenaa Wright, who consistently is on the SHS Honor Roll. She is a leader in the SHS Student Council and has been named SHS Student of the Month and the recipient of the SHS PRIDE Award, several times. She enjoys writing and attended and represented SHS at several student writing workshops, along with various Drama Workshops. She has also participated in the local Quiz Bowl program at SHS.
Nana Abenaa is also a member of the SHS Marching Bluejays Marching Band and a member of their award winning Color Guard for 2017.
Her work experience outside of school includes working at the Mahoney State Park as a Catering Assistant and locally at the Seward Runza.
Nana Abenaa Wright has demonstrated her “Service Above Self” working with a variety of students with various issues, serving as a mentor for these children. She also played a lead role with the local Senior Citizen Prom and participated in numerous charity collections through her memberships in FCCLA and Key Club. She also enjoys working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a longtime volunteer as a film assistant for the JV and Varsity Basketball teams at SHS.
Her dream is to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and study Psychology and Biology and eventually become a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.
The Seward Rotary recognized Nana Abenaa Wright for her leadership and service to others, and feels she well represents the high ideals of scholarship, leadership and service of the successful, local Seward Youth Rotarians and they are happy to place her name in nomination for the “Service Above Self” Youth Rotarian of the Year!
The Seward High Fine Arts Youth of the Month is Jake Marshall. Jake is the son of Dorothy and Mitch Marshall of Seward. .
Jake is very involved in a host of Fine Arts activities at SHS. He is very much a leader in the Seward High School music activities-a leader in both the vocal and instrumental departments at SHS. He currently served as a drum major for the SHS Marching Band and two years as a section leader for the Marching Blue Jays. He is also a member of the SHS Jazz Band and Symphonic Band. Jake is a four year member/leader in the SHS Swing Choir, a member of the Select Choir, Mixed Choir and the 2015 All State Choir. He has participated in numerous special honor band and choir activities, including the Concordia University Musical Arts Day. He also has been cast a lead in the musical presentation every year of his high school career.
He is involved in various projects with the SHS Skills USA service and vocational organization-competing and named a State Medalist twice at the Skills USA State Conference.
He is a leader and co-captain of the SHS Speech team-double entered in Humorous Prose and the drama (OID) team, along with the humorous prose literature event as well! He was a finalist at the State Optimist Speech Contest and participated in the Poetry Out Loud program, as well as the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. He was also very involved with the State Fair Education Contests and captured First Place in the High School History/Social Studies Test.
He has commanded leads in the two recent One Act plays at SHS that were involved in the competition contests and has received the Outstanding Actor Award at the Conference and District contests. He was the first runner up in the local HOBY leadership program and was one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) recipients last year-sponsored by the Seward Rotary Club.
He is a summer member of the Concordia University Summer Chamber Youth Choir and the Seward Municipal Band. Jake serves as the co-captain of the SHS Quiz Bowl team and participates in the UNL Math Day annually.
Jake is an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Seward and a strong voice of their youth program. He is in the church choir, band and serves as a cantor. He is also very active in their local God Parent Youth Group program at St. Vincent’s.
He will attend Nebraska Wesleyan and major in Physics, eventually becoming an Engineer.
SHS Senior, Nana Abenaa Wright and Junior Kenna Gottschalk both won medals at the recent Central Conference Speech Tourney held at Schuyler on Monday, Feb. 20 in an all day tourney. Wright placed Third with her poetry collection and Wright and Gottschalk placed Fifth with their Duet from “The Help!”
Almost all of the members of the team received Superior ratings by the judges for their presentations at the tourney. Presented Superior ratings at the Central Conference were Cayden Glandt, Kenna Gottschalk, Nana Abenaa Wright, Taylor Brodecky, Thomas Bosmeniel, Sydney Erickson, Andrew Pavel Peyton Davis Schmidt, Macie Spotkanski, Kevin Lyons, and Madalyn Lobmeyer. York High won the tourney and Seward placed Seventh.
The team will now compete at the Waverly tourney on March 4, Evening of Oratory at SHS on Monday, March 6 and Districts on March 13 at Columbus Lakeview. From the District, the top three medalists will advance to State Speech in Kearney. Clark Kolterman is their speech coach.
The Seward High Quiz Bowl Team placed Firth over all in an invitation only large quiz bowl contest in Bellevue University’s Annual Quiz Bowl invitational. Over 32 teams participated in the event on Friday, March 3 in an all day, double elimination quiz bowl tourney on general knowledge. Each invited school can enter one team only for the event. The SHS Varsity team included Evan Mettenbrink-Captain, Evan Nottingham, Ryan Wall, Chris Galusha and Josh Sherman.
The team lost their first round to Gretna High and then defeated Omaha Bryan High, defeated Lincoln Southwest High, defeated Logan Magnolia High from Logan, Iowa, defeated Omaha’s Daniel Gross High and defeated Brownell –Talbot High. The team then lost to Omaha Westside in the semi-quarter finals of the 32 team tourney, to be named Fifth Place overall.
The team is sponsored locally by the Seward School District and the Seward School District High Ability Learner Program (HAL). All the members of the team received free tee shirts at the tourney and there was not an entry fee for the tourney.
The contest was won by Elkhorn High and First Runner-up was Creighton Prep. Clark Kolterman serves as the Quiz Bowl coach.