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Grace Roberts Selected the November Youth Rotarian by Seward Rotary Club

Grace Roberts, SHS Senior, was selected the 2022 November Youth Rotarian by the Seward Rotary Club and honored at their recent meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd at their noon luncheon at the Seward Jones Bank Auditorium in the lower level of the Jones Bank. She is the daughter of Tara and Aaron Roberts of Seward.  She was introduced and welcomed by Seward Rotarian Anita Foors, who also presented her with a Rotary Club Banner and a sack of information on the community and Rotary International.

Grace is a scholar a member of the SHS Honor Roll all twelve times of her high school career.  She is a leader and three year member of the SHS National Honor Society and has been a loyal member of the successful SHS Quiz Bowl program and a leader in the SHS Yearbook staff.  She was selected to be an SHS Ambassador, serving as a host for guests, new students and visitors to the school.  

She loves to perform and is a member of the SHS Marching Bluejays and SHS Wind Ensemble and plays the flute.  She is also a member of the SHS Select Choir, as well as the SHS Show Choir (Swing Choir) and been in the SHS Musical every year of her high school career.  She is also a longtime member of the Summer Concordia University Summer Chamber Choir.  

Grace is a longtime member of the SHS Speech Team and qualified for state this last year.  She is a member of the SHS OID (Drama Team) in speech and also plans to present in Persuasive Speaking and Poetry this year.  She was selected a state finalist for the Optimist Speech Contest last year.  She also has participated in the SHS One Act program during her years of high school.  

She is very involved in extracurricular activities, and is a leader in the Bluejay Leadership Team (Student Council) as an officer and also a member of the School Improvement Team.  She is a loyal four year member of Key Club, Acts of Kindness Club and a member of the SHS FBLA Chapter (Future Business Leaders of America) and was involved in the SHS FCCLA Chapter for two years as well.  

In the community, Grace is a longtime member and leader of the Seward County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and an officer and Ambassador.  She is a ten year member of 4-H and President of her local 4-H Club- The Green Team 4-H Club, and served as a Day Camp Counselor for 4-H as well.  

Grace is a member of St. John Lutheran Church and participates in the St. John Lutheran Church Godparent program. Her leaders were Ben and Laurie Stellwagon until they moved and now they are Rachel and Matt Holte. She is a strong voice of youth in the congregation and a willing helper when called upon in a variety of capacities, such as the Summer Horizon’s Program, babysitting for the PTL meetings or helping at VBS.

She is employed as an assistant teacher at the William Henry School of Arts, assisting with dance and aiding special needs students with activities.  She also is employed at the Seward Child Development Center since May of 2021 and was even a “Paper Girl” and delivered the local papers to homes in the area for a long time-for many, many years.  

Grace’s volunteer service revolves around her work with the Summer Horizons program for several years, her service through the SHS Key Club and SHS FBLA Community Service projects and working as a concession volunteer for many SHS groups as well.  She also has logged many volunteer hours serving as a Seward High Ambassador. 

Grace plans to attend a college offering a strong Communications Sciences and Disorders major, as of now this may be UNL or Baylor University in Texas.  She hopes to pursue this major to find a profession in Speech-Language Pathology.  She wants to work within the school systems with younger children and those with physical or academic learning disabilities.  She hopes to return to Nebraska after college to work and raise a family near her hometown of Seward, where she wants to remain involved in her church through choirs and service.  

Grace was recognized and thanked for her work ethic and leadership in school and the community. She was presented a book scholarship and is a finalist for the Seward Rotary Youth Rotarian of the Year.  

The Seward Youth Rotarian award is open to all SHS Seniors and the forms can be obtained at the SHS Counselors office.  One youth Rotarian is selected for every month of the school year.