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Midland University and Pinnacle Bank to Recognize Area Students


Midland University and Pinnacle Bank will honor 52 high school juniors at the 15th annual Pinnacle Bank Leadership Award Event Friday, April 16th at 11:30 a.m. at the Kimmel Theatre on Midland’s campus.

Schools from around the Fremont area participate in the Pinnacle Bank Leadership Awards each year. Students must be nominated and then apply to be considered for an award. A panel of leaders from Midland University, Pinnacle Bank, and the Fremont community review applications and select recipients based on involvement, leadership roles, and attributes. Recipients who are accepted, and decide to attend Midland University, will receive a $25,000 scholarship per year for a total scholarship value of $100,000.

“Midland University is proud to honor these exceptional students,” said Merritt Nelson, Midland University Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “These students have displayed outstanding leadership qualities, both in the classroom and the community, and we are excited to see them develop as individuals and leaders in our communities.”

Scott Meister, Market President of Pinnacle Bank in Fremont, said the partnership with Midland allows Pinnacle Bank to recognize area students’ work. “Pinnacle Bank is so proud to partner with Midland University in honoring these outstanding young students,” he said. “They are being recognized for having established a tremendous foundation as they develop into tomorrow’s leaders, motivators, and visionaries. Our community, state, and nation will benefit from this group’s future endeavors.”

The following list of students are being honored with 2021 Pinnacle Bank Leadership Awards:

Archbishop Bergan High School – Blaire Hilbers, Samuel Sleister. Arlington High School – Cassidy Arp, Gabrielle Anzalone, Hailey Brenn. Ashland-Greenwood High School – Abigail Fisher, Annalise Ptacek. Cedar Bluffs High School – Carol Cinto. Douglas County West High School – Joseph Graham, Addison Hillyer, Avery Wright, Mason Kirby, Brody Travis. Fort Calhoun High School – Payton Pohlad, Tessa Skelton, Kathlyn Barta, Jacob Rupp. Fremont High School – Mallory Schleicher, Jules Schmidt, Elise Estudillo, Kelley Lebahn, Sarah Shepard, Avry LaFavor. Guardian Angels Central Catholic High School – Madison Brunsing, Kayla Fischer, Sophia Hass, Cole Hutchinson, Ethan Wooldrik, Kassidy Kaup. Howells-Dodge High School – Brooklyn Macholan, Lilly Praest. Logan View High School – Caden Licht, Kayl Francis, Rebekka Jay, Connor Licht. Mead High School – Morgan Cody. North Bend Central High School – Madelyn Gaughen, Travis Byrd, Sydney Emanuel. Oakland-Craig High School – Mia Linder, Elliot Johnson, Ellen Magnusson. Schuyler Central High School – Briana Martinez, Marisol Deanda. Scribner-Snyder High School – Jillian Dames. Wahoo High School – Cody Bailey, Caleb Malousek, Kyan Lausterer, Taylor Luben, Gavin Pokorny, Luke Polacek, Katelyn Urban.

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