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Jakob Gray is November Youth Rotarian of the Month

Jakob Lee Gray was named the November Youth Rotarian of the Month by the Seward Rotary Club at their noon luncheon meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd at the Jones Bank auditorium.  He is the son of Rick and Jocelyn Gray of Seward.

Scholarship is very important to Jakob and he is often on the SHS Honor Roll, was honored in 2020 in Cross Country with the Lincoln Journal “Academic All-State” award.  He is a recent graduate of the Rotary International RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) and has taken numerous Advanced Placement/Dual Credit programs through Concordia University, Nebraska Wesleyan and Southeast Community College.  His skills include Microsoft User specialist and certified in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and 3D Animation. 

His student activities include STRIVE TV and Multimedia programs and served as a Seward High Student Ambassador.  Jakob is a member of the 2021/2022 Academic Decathlon team, competing at the Regional level in January.

His memberships include SHS FFA, SHS Skills USA, SHS FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and is a very loyal, active member and volunteer in all three of the volunteer groups.

Jakob is a member of the Rock Lutheran Church-serving as a voice of youth for their congregation and a faithful member of the church’s youth program-the Godparent Program.

Jakob’s athletic involvement includes participating in the SHS Basketball program in 2018-2019.  He is a member and longtime leader of the SHS Baseball Program for his entire high school career to date. He plays in the position of Out Field and also is one of the team Pitchers.  Jakob is a member and leader of the SHS Cross Country Team since 2020.

He has been employed since 2017, as a Detassler and Roguer for The Sloup Thorell Detassling.

His “Service Above Self” volunteer efforts include the St. John Summer Horizon’s Program, was an Outdoor Ed Counselor, volunteered as a counselor at the Elementary Cross Country Camp, volunteered with the Seward Youth and Community Club projects.  He has worked the STRIVE TV/Multimedia programs during his high school career as a loyal announcer for many of the various sporting events..  He generated over 300+ hours of volunteer hours with the SHS Multimedia program alone and has generated hundreds of hours as a community volunteer involving the many community service projects of his service club memberships.

He plans to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in teacher education and has a goal to eventually become a Middle School Teacher in either Science and/or History and also be a coach.   

In his free time he enjoys his friends and plays recreational golf.  He is heavily involved with many Multimedia Projects-working with graphic programs and serving as an announcer for the Seward High “STRIVE TV” program.”

He will be honored again at the SHS Honors Night in May.  He will receive a Rotary Club Book Scholarship” and is a finalist for the Youth Rotarian of the Year and the Rotary Scholarship.  

The Seward Rotary Club selects one Youth Rotarian a month and applications can be found with the SHS Counselors page under scholarships.