Kearney Hub

Three students have been awarded the Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarships.

They are Blake Brouillette of St. Cecilia High School in Hastings, Anthony Munch of Kearney High School and Brock Taute of Bertrand High School.

The Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarship is one of the most prestigious academic awards offered by the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The scholarship pays for tuition, room, board, fees and books, and is renewable for four years, if the student maintains a 3.25 grade point average and completes a minimum of 24 credit hours a year. The four-year scholarship is currently valued at more than $62,000.

The three winners were selected from among 30 statewide finalists who participated in a competitive interviewing process in January.
Fifty-six students have been awarded the World-Herald/ Kearney Hub Scholarship since the program’s inception in 1985.

Brouillette is the son of John and Carol (Homan) Brouillette of Hastings. He is ranked second of 42 students in his high school class and has a 4.0 GPA. He scored a 32 composite on his ACT. Brouillette has been the treasurer and secretary for National Honors Society. He is also a D.A.R.E. representative, a class officer and was a Cornhusker Boys State Representative.

A member of the high school band, he also participates in jazz band. His community service and involvement included such activities as helping coach middle school pole vault, and cleaning and setting up computers at St. Michael’s Elementary School. In addition, he
is involved in athletics and participates in football and track.

Brouillette played on the 2009 Class C1 and 2010 Class C2 state high school football championship teams. He played cornerback and wingback positions for the Bluehawks. At the state track meet in 2010, he was the Class C state champion in pole vault and helped lead St. Cecilia to the team championship. He plans to continue his track career at UNK and will pole vault for the Lopers. He plans to pursue a major in biology with an emphasis in health sciences at UNK.

Munch, son of Steve and Johna Munch, is a senior at KHS.  He is ranked 14th in a class of 380. He has a cumulative GPA of 4.26 and scored a 34 composite on his last ACT. Munch is currently a defender on the KHS soccer team and received Academic All-Conference and All-State recognition. He also competed in swimming and football for KHS.

Last fall, he played the Cowardly Lion in the KHS production of “The Wizard of Oz.” He has been involved in musical theater at KHS for four years and also has been a member of Thespian Troupe 1811. He is also involved in Chorale, and is a dance captain on the KHS Pops Show Choir. Last year, he attended Nebraska Cornhusker Boys State. This year, he qualified again for Nebraska’s Academic All-State soccer team.

Munch plans to major in chemistry and study Spanish. After UNK, Munch plans to attend medical school to pursue his goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.

Taute is the son of Mark and Theresa Taute and is a senior at Bertrand High School. He is first in his class with a 4.0 cumulative GPA and a composite ACT score of 34. He is president of his class and of his chapter of National Honor Society, Math Club and Student Council. He is active in Academic Quiz Bowl, Bertrand Volunteer Service Organization, the Big Brother Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, One-Act Play, speech, track, football, basketball and baseball.

He was a National Student Athlete in his sophomore and junior years and was a member of the All-Academic All-State team in football and track. He was all-district quarterback last fall in football and last year’s Kearney Hub Athlete of the Year after leading his track team to a state championship with two gold and two silver medals at the state meet. In his freshman year, Taute also won the 1,600-meter race at the state championship meet.

He is an active member of his church and is the leader of the music program there as well as a co-founder of the Bertrand division of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, of which he is currently president.