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HOBY Representative Selected for SHS for 2021 Seminar

SHS Sophomore, Karnie Gottschalk, was selected the annual HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leader) through an application and interview process on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Seward United Methodist Church in Seward.  She is the daughter of Kirk and Carrie Gottschalk.  First Runner-up/First Alternate was Noah Fields, son of Kevin and Deidra Fields.

The ten HOBY student finalists from SHS included Karnie Gottschalk, Noah Fields, Luke Seevers, Audrey Dobesh, Madison Dominy, Jaci Hinrichs, Kalen Knott, Lydia Lobmeyer, Brenna McAdam, and Grace Roberts.  Each student prepared an application and was interviewed by the panel of community leader volunteers.

The HOBY Program is a national youth leadership development program for high school sophomores, who then return to their respective schools and use the skills from the seminar and develop other leaders in the school at the same time. It is endorsed nationally by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs-GFWC, Rotary International, Kiwanis International and Optimist International.

Karnie is in the SHS Marching Band, Cross Country team, Track team, Show Choir, Musical and Speech team.  .  

She is an Honor Roll student, won many PRIDE awards and a Patriot Pen award.  She is an active member of 4-H, Key Club at SHS and involved in Foster Care in the community.

She will attend the Nebraska HOBY Leadership Program in June, 2021, representing SHS.

She was selected by a panel of judges, based on her interview and application.  The judges were Jon and Bonnie Kruse, Dr. Louis Rieth, and Ken Schmieding.  The program is sponsored by the School District of Seward, Seward Rotary Club, The GFWC Seward Woman’s Club, GFWC Seward Junior Women’s Club and Seward Kiwanis and Seward Optimists.  Clark Kolterman served as the host for the students and coordinated the interviews with the SHS Counselor Noelle Baker.