The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Gothenburg’s Kori Kowalewski and Katie Wightman of Lexington as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month for April.  
The pair of students have maintained stellar academic portfolios at Gothenburg and Lexington throughout their high school campaigns. 
Kori Kowalewski is the daughter of Gary and Karen Kowalewski. Kori maintains a 4.0 GPA at Gothenburg High School and currently ranks #1 overall in cumlative GPA out of the 77 students in the GHS Senior Class. 
While excelling in the classroom, Kori Kowalewski has managed her time wisely to be among the elite in many different activities and organizations throughout her career at Gothenburg High School. 
Getting the chance to step into the spotlight, Kowalewski shined as an integral part of the Gothenburg High School Play Production team throughout her campaign at Gothenburg. She was a four-year member of the team. 
Kori has been deeply involved in the Interact organization for the past four years at Gothenburg as well. She was elected to the Human Relations leadership position of Interact this past year. 
Showing great leadership and vision, Kori was selected to be a Gothenburg Student Council member as a Sophomore and Junior. 
Kowalewski is currently the Gothenburg FFA Chapter President. She was the organization’s Secretary during her Junior year. She has showcased great leadership and led by example during all four years of being an FFA member.  Kori has achieved state champion and national qualifying performances for her efforts in Parliamentary Procedure. Kori earned a silver medal for National Parliamentary Procedure this past year.  She was part of the state runner-up biotechnology team as well. As a result of her academics and achievements in activities, Kori was inducted into the Gothenburg National Honor Society as a sophomore. She has continued to exceed the expectations of the organization. 
“If the dictionary held a definition just for Kori, it would have to include elements of leadership, academic achievement, community service and diplomacy,” expressed Gothenburg English teacher Jay Garrison. 
Katie Wightman is the daughter of Jeff and Gail Wightman. Katie maintains a 4.43 GPA while being an active student in a variety of activities at Lexington High School. 
Wightman has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout her prep years. She was honored by the Lexington Rotary Club as a Scholastic Award recipient. 
She is a four year member of the Lexington Band program. Katie has been in the concert band for four years while being in jazz band for three seasons. This past year, she was a captain of the Flag Corps during Marching Band season. 
In the past two years, Wightman has excelled as a member of the Lexington Mock Trial team. 
Katie was selected to the Lexington National Honor Societ in 2016 and continues to exceed the expectations of the group. 
“I am confident that Kate’s intelligence and work ethic will allow her to be successful, but it is her caring personality that makes me know without a shadow of a doubt that Kate will be successful in life,” expressed Personal Finance Teacher Zach Jones.