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SHS Senior, Jadyn Nelson is Selected November Youth Rotarian

Seward High Senior, Jadyn Nelson was selected the 2023 November Youth Rotarian and honored on Wednesday, November 8th at the noon luncheon meeting of the Seward Rotary Club. Rotarian Anita Foor introduced Jadyn and presented his resume to the club members.  The Rotary Club presented him with a bag of information on Seward and Rotary and a special Rotary Banner.  He is the son of Duane and Jaala Nelson of Seward.

This SHS Honor Student has been involved in numerous Advance Placement Classes and Dual Credit Classes as well.  He is consistently on the SHS Honor Roll as well.  His junior year he was awarded with the “Preparation” Award by his English teacher at SHS.

Jadyn is involved in a host of activities at Seward High and especially enjoys the sport of Cross Country.  He is was recently named a Seward High Cross Country Letterman.  He is also a member of the SHS Track and Field Team and participated in many successful meets over the years-participating in Track and Cross Country for a total of six years.

Jadyn is a leader in the Seward High Show Choir, serving as a loyal member of the present show choir and as the boy’s Dance Captain.  He has served as an assistant for the Show Choir Camp for the middle school. He was awarded the “Dedication” Award by the SHS Show choir instructor.  He is also a member of the “Select Choir” and Jazzy Jays.

He is an active leader in the SHS Key Club, the Builders Club and the Seward High Ambassadors-hosting tours and representing SHS at a variety of activities.  He always participated in the Key Club Multicultural Fair for the Elementary students.

He is a pillar in the SHS Skills USA leadership team and has participated in many of the Skills USA competitions, both at the State and National Level of Skills USA.  He placed 18th his Sophomore year at National Skills USA and 18th his  Junior year at National Competition with his 3D Animation Project  and he place First at the State Level of competition of Skills USA this last year in 3D Animation.  He was also a team member and placed 2nd in the Skills USA Opening and Closing ceremony for Skills USA at the State Level.  He has competed in Cabinet Making and Mousetrap Vehicle contests with Skills USA.

Jadyn is an artist and loves art-especially pottery.  He has placed first at the local, District and State level for the GFWC NFWC Art Contests with his pottery, named “Best of Show”  and recognized as well as several contests with his pottery. .  His pottery placed first in the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair this year and his sculpture place fourth at the State Fair as well. He has been recognized with a variety of awards and honors at the Seward County Fair for his art and entries in Open Class. 

Jadyn has been involved in the Play Production/One Act presentations at SHS for several years and participated in a variety of contests with his performances.  He was awarded the Outstanding Actor Award both at the Central Conference and District levels.  He was named the Elks Lodge Performing Art/Drama Awardee for SHS for his presentation in the musical.

He serves as a voice of youth with his membership in the Seward County “Pheasants Forever!”

Since he was 13 he has been employed and busy, especially during the summer months, most recently working for 2F Poultry of Beaver Crossing with a varied set of tasks centered on poultry care.  He has also worked for Syngenta in Goehner as a pollinator, detasseler and worked in the fields with rogueing.  Jadyn was employed by Houchen Book Bindery and worked across the bindery with varied jobs one summer.  He uses most of the funds generated for college savings.

He plans to attend either and obtain a degree and work in the profession of mechanical engineering or hardware development and plans to either attend Southeast Community College in Milford to earn a degree in Electromechanical automation or attend Hastings Central Community College for a degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Drafting and Design. 

His “Service Above Self” hours center on his volunteer projects with his many service groups-food drives, blood drives and other activities.  He has spent many hours hosting as a Student Ambassador and been involved with both flood and hail storm clean-up efforts.  He has been a willing camp counselor with Track Camp, Cross-Country Camp, Outdoor Education Camp and Show Choir Camp for the Middle School and enjoys working and volunteering with the local senior citizen programs and a host of other volunteer efforts. 

He was recognized and thanked for his outstanding career at Seward High and presented with a Rotary Book Scholarship-and will be recognized again at the SHS Honors Night at Seward High School. He is now also a finalist for the Seward Youth Rotarian of the Year-which will be named at the Honors Night. 

The Seward Rotary Awards the Youth Rotarian Award monthly and nominations can be obtained from the SHS Counselor’s Office.