Dr. Gary Davis
UNK Symphonic Band director, 308.865.8497

High school seniors from Kearney, Wood River and Bridgeport have been awarded Omaha World-Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarships to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The four-year scholarships will cover the costs of tuition, rooms, meals, books and student fees. To be eligible, the students were required to have an ACT score of 28 or better, be in the top 10 percent of their high school class, show  leadership in co-curricular activities and complete an essay.

Scholarship recipients include: James Hadden, the son of Dan and Courtney Hadden ofBridgeport; Angela Reynolds, the daughter of Mick and Debra Reynolds of Wood River; and Zach Liibbe, the son of Kay Liibbe of Kearney. All three will be members of the UNK Honors Program.

 is ranked first in his senior class with a 4.0 GPA. He has excelled in academics throughout high school and has been recognized for being on the high honor roll for seven consecutive semesters; he has participated and placed in the Chadron State Scholastic Days and the Science Olympiad State competition. A member of the National Honor Society, he has won numerous academic awards including the Presidents’ Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. Further, he has won numerous athletic awards, including basketball All State Honorable Mention by the Omaha World-Herald, Western Trails All-Conference Team Member Boy’s Basketball, Academic All State for basketball and golf, Basketball Panhandle Prep First Team Guard and other awards. He’s also a member of the ’04-’05 undefeated conference champion Bridgeport boy’s basketball team. In his free time, he assists and coaches youth athletics programs. Hadden plans to major in pre-medicine and minor in business.

 is a senior at Wood River Rural High School. A member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), she serves as the national and state parliamentarian. Currently president of the local chapter of FBLA, she’s held an office in the local organization for four years in addition to serving as a regional officer for the past two years. Among her other extra-curricular activities are: National Honor Society, band drum majorette, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, All School Play, Parliamentary Procedure Team, Letter Club, Academic Decathlon, Youth Leadership Tomorrow and Politically Correct. She has received numerous FBLA awards, including two national first places (Parliamentary Procedure Team event). She has also been recognized as a Farm Safety 4 Just Kids national volunteer, Student of the Month and represented Wood River at Girls State last summer. Reynolds plans to major in business administration.

Liibbe has been very involved in extra-curricular activities. Last fall, he played Cornelius Hackl inHello Dolly. In addition, he is a member of Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Chorale and KHS Pops Choir. He is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is also involved in Drug and Alcohol Free Youth (DAFY). He is a member of First Lutheran Church youth group and has an active faith. He plans to major in philosophy.